In May 2008, the Asian Institute of Management – TeaM Energy Center launched the Islamic Leadership Development Program (ILDP). It is steered by the vision to contribute to the development of productive, peaceful and progressive Muslim communities in the Philippines and South East Asia through a leadership development program that is aligned with the teachings of the Qur'an and the Sunnah.
Leadership Framework and Curriculum
The development of an Islamic leadership framework and curriculum began with a research agenda developed jointly with academic, religious, non-government and revolutionary organizations catering to the needs of Muslim communities in the Philippines. From this initial effort, as well as consultation meetings with development partners in the field, a roadmap and framework for implementing the program was formed.
The research activities of the ILDP yielded up-to-date knowledge on community needs for improved leadership which provided the backbone in establishing specific directions for programs and activities later on. The results include the following:
- document on the Perspectives of Islamic Leadership
- thirteen cases on successful Muslim leaders in the Philippines
- field research and review of literature on leadership in Muslim communities
Islamic Leadership Fellows Program
The Islamic Leadership Fellows Program (ILFP) is a leadership development initiative created specifically for Muslim leaders in Southeast Asia. It is designed to enhance the skills, knowledge, values, and attitudes of its Fellows to help them become more effective leaders. In line with this, ILFP's curriculum is composed of courses on self-mastery, leadership and management, and social development as informed by Islamic doctrine and actual practice. In addition, it makes use of peer exchange, mentoring, exposure trips, and various adult learning methods to situate its content. This ensures that ILFP Fellows gain a real understanding of key leadership concepts and practices from both the Islamic perspective and other relevant models, and how they may apply these in their own contexts.
For its pilot run, the first batch of Fellows had a mix of leaders from the Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia. This was conducted from December 2009 to March 2010, with three major workshops held in the Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia.
Islamic Leadership Conference
The Asian Institute of Management-TeaM Energy Center for Bridging Societal Divides, together with the Institute for Islamic Understanding Malaysia (IKIM) and Universitas Paramadina of Indonesia, convened a Regional Conference on Islamic leadership to contribute to the discussions of the state, role, and prospects of Islamic leadership in Southeast Asia. It was held on April 27-28, 2010, at the Holiday Inn Galleria Manila. With an estimated attendance of over a hundred delegates from the local and national governments, academic institutions, religious groups, and civil society organizations of Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, and the Philippines came together in vibrant and enlightened discussion on the major issues that confront the various forms leadership at the local, national and regional levels.
What is a good model for the proper and effective exercise of leadership in fostering peace and development in ASEAN's Muslim communities? Given that ASEAN is home to considerable Muslim populations, an estimated 50 percent of the total regional population, a profound and rigorous study of Islamic leadership merits critical consideration when one talks about peace and development in the region.
The Conference aimed to explore the current concepts and practice of Islamic leadership in Muslim communities as well as prospects for improvement within the changing ASEAN context. It became a valuable venue for academicians and practitioners involved in the exercise and study of Islamic leadership to come together as a community for sustaining and bolstering discussions in this field.