Islamic Leadership and Employee Engagement

Faten Nasrah Mohamad Naser
Faculty of Business and Management, Universiti Teknologi MARA

Erne Suzila Kassim, Sharifah Fazirah Syed Ahmad


Employee engagement is crucial to organizations as it affects the company reputation and employee’s motivation. Leadership is also being considered as a key factor for the success of any organization. In this study, we attempt examine the relationships between qualities of Islamic leadership and employee engagement. Using a correlational study design, 150 government officers took part in the survey. Data was analysed for factor analysis, reliability and validity. The results of the structural equation modelling suggest Islamic leadership style, measured as truthfulness (Siddiq), trustworthiness (Amanah), advocacy (Tabligh) and wisdom (Fathonah) are significance to employee engagement. The findings contribute to the understanding of emphasizing on the role of Islamic leadership approaches in organization. As leadership styles are important but vary, we suggest future research to evaluate the different leadership requirements for various management needs.

Keywords: Islamic leadership, Employee engagement, Leadership style, Human resource management