Research on leadership processes, management and governance is one of the key areas within CITE’s. CITE is involved in an evidence-based research exploring leadership within Islamic organisations. This includes:

  • Leadership Competency models from a Quranic perspective through narrations of prophets’ life experiences.
  • The relationship between Muslim leadership, justice and trust operating among both police and Australian Muslim communities.
  • Culture complexity in the Australian Islamic organisations: this explores the effect of multi-level layer cultures and sub cultures on leadership and how this relation could empower or inhibit the processes of leadership.
  • Sensemaking within Muslim organisations in Australia: This explores followers' narrative and its impact on sensemaking, particularly how leaders and followers (future leaders) make sense of leading processes in order to overcome organisational challenges.
  • Attitudes and behaviours of educational leaders: this examines the attitudes and behaviours of educational leaders, within Australia and Indonesia, with special reference to interpersonal skills in dealing with emotional intelligence.
  • Leadership and governance in Australian Muslim schools: This examines how all levels of leadership and management perceive leadership processes within Islamic schools.


Faris, N., Abdalla, M. Leadership in Islam: Thoughts, Processes and Solutions in Australian Organizations (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).

Journal articles


Big five questions on leadership

The following videos were taken with Australian educational leaders whose leadership journeys are remarkable in their roles as educators and principles. The five questions posed on leadership highlight how successful leaders think and the importance of hard work. Their answers to the five posed questions are an illumination and opportunity for everyone to learn from these lessons in leadership.

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What is your leadership mantra?

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What is your vision for leadership?

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What is the most difficult leadership challenge that you have faced or are facing?

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Who inspires you to lead the way you do?

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What’s one piece of advice you would offer someone who aspires to lead?