BANDAR ENSTEK, October 07, 2018 –  Finding a balanced Leader in You by identifying your own internal self-leadership strengths is the first prerequisite of success. It is only by examining and reexamining the moments of greatness in your work, family and community life can be the real guiding fundamental state of your leadership. To survive in the years to come, successful person and organizations – in business, in government, in the universities, in the civil socities world – will have to undergo a basic profound cultural and values change. Every individual will have to think quicker, work smarter, dream wilder, and relate to each other in very different effective ways.

That was the fundamental take home learning message for 50 senior officers of National Anti-Drugs Agency (Agensi Anti-Dadah Kebangsaan) who participated at the Higher Education Leadership Academy (AKEPT) 3day-2 night residential Qalb-Sejahtera Leadership Program conducted jointly by the Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) Director, Centre for Quality Assurance, Policy and Academic Excellence, Assoc Professor Dr. Mohd Rushdan Mohd Jalani; Deputy Dean, Faculty of Leadership and Management, Dr. Wan Mohd Fazrul Azli Wan Razali; and Senior Lecturer Dr. Khairunneezam Mohd Noor in partnership with the Rector, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), Professor Tan Sri Dzulkifli Abdul Razak; and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Sejahtera Leadership Leadership Initiative (SLI), Dr. Haji Zulkifly Baharom.

This leadership program designed specially for capable and calibre talents from all levels of management at NADA Headquaters who are senior Division Directors, State Directors and Directors of Rehabilitation Centres throughout Malaysia. Like all leaders, sometimes you’re “on”, and sometimes you’re not. Thet wanted to learn from the gurus and corporate practitioner “How to tip the scale toward excellence and away from mere competence? Don’t rely on imitating other leaders or poring over leadership books and manual. Instead, they wanted to enter the Fundamental State of Leadership: the way to lead when a crisis forces them to tap into their deepest values and instincts”. In this state, they instinctively wanted to know what to do: How to balance work-life Leadership. They wanted to rise to the occasion and perform at their best.

During the reflection opportunity on ‘Moments of Greatness: Entering the Fundamental State of Ledership’, the class heard a lots of classic stories as each and every participant shared their candid leadeship experience in combating drugs abuse, rehabilitation work, fire-fighting process at various centres and inmate run-away and break-away cases. They’ve faced great challenges before and, in surmounting them, they entered the fundamental state. By recalling these unique moments’ lessons, they’ve released positive emotions and see new possibilities for their current situation. They did compare their normal performance with what they’re done at their very best.

In recognizing the contribution of these unsung heroes, one facilitator said “Most importantly of all,  NADA will require a whole new breed of leader, a leader quite unlike the bosses most of us have worked for and some of us have perhaps become. The leaders of tomorrow will have to establish a real vision and a sense of Sejahtera values for the organizations they wish to lead.

“These leaders will have to communicate and motivate far more effectively than did leaders of the past. They will have to keep their wits about them through all conditions of near-constant change. NADA new leaders will have to mine every of talent and creativity that they possess. Documenting success stories that seems to be the area where improvements are needed now.

“I suggest all those real classic proven leadership stories for ‘service to the country’ should be properly documented as individual case study which can be powerful tools for future training workshop. These real NADA stories could even be turned into movie for public to view and learn. Let me cite to you PASKAL The Movie, an elite force of the Royal Malaysian Navy (now showing at cinemas nationwide) with tickets collection already exeeded RM10 million isn’t the first movie to feature the country’s military and police force who had put their lives at risk for our safety. So, Films revolving around NADA success can also be a triller, crime, action and procedural drama.”

The most important investment you will ever make is in yourself – to discover leadership in you. Evidently, in saluting the important roles and contributions of these senior officers and staffers, the closing and certificate presentation ceremony of this weekend residential program @AKEPT was graced by Commissioner of Police (CP) Dato’ Sri Zulkifli Abdullah, NADA Director General.


Prepared by :
Dr. Zulkifly Baharom
CEO Sejahtera Leadership Initiative