The Role of Leaders’ Moral Intelligence to Enhance Strategic Leadership


  • Alaa Hussein FadhiL
  • Ahmed Abdullah Amanah AL- Sammari
  • Layla Mohsin Hasan AL-Hakeem
  • Ahmed Muhammadridha Abdulrasool Qandeel



Abstract The research aims to test the impact of the leader’s moral intelligence on strengthening the strategic leadership in production organizations by analysing questionnaire responses of 119 leaders working for administrative, productive and technical sectors inside a textile factory in Kut, south-east of Baghdad, and similar groups from a clothing company in Najaf, south of Baghdad. We applied constructs of Mamede et al. (2013) for moral intelligence (integrity, tolerance, responsibility, compassion) and Duursema’s parameters (2014) for strategic leadership (client focus, operational efficiency, business development, organizational innovation). The collected responses were analysed using structural equation modelling. A leader’s moral intelligence posed an active impact on enhancing the strategic leadership of the firms. The research sample is in the context of competition in the Iraqi industrial and production sectors. Moral intelligence is instrumental in improving the positive relationship in strategic leadership. Implications on the provision of valuable production would add up to the targeted local self-sufficiency. The researchers showed that there is a significant effect on the dimensions of the leader's moral intelligence in strengthening the elements of strategic leadership for organizations