Moral Leadership, Essence in Leadership, Gilang Haruna Dharmasaputra, SMA Bogor Raya,TEACHER: Ida Ayu Utami Sundari

What is Moral Leadership?


Essence of Leadership

Leadership in Everyone


Humans are interdependent, meaning that human rely on the other for the sole purpose of survival. There are few that stand above others, who guide the rest through experience, wisdom and personal ethics, an exemplary figure for others to follow. In my own personal opinion, a leader is an individual who passes on its guidance onto others by not dictating, but to motivate, to influence ones way of mind, for the better. That passes its wisdom passed onto the next, inspiring them to work harder, not limiting but maximizing each individual’s potential, under their leadership, to grow.


To what extent does the requirements of becoming a leader with moral leadership goes to? This is what most are limited by, thinking that it is necessary to be an excellent public speaker, to not have fear regarding showing personal opinions, or to be a broadly known across a community. But instead, that is not what matters and what is not essentially the part that counts, it’s as simple as to determine and influence another individuals’ action for the better with initially starting and following principles that you believe is right. It is as simple as to follow the actions that were once thought to be not important but oppositely thinking that one can make a difference. There are leaders in each of us, some choose to not take actions and give side of ignorance but some that acknowledges that by taking actions that other believe to not have importance, becoming leaders that are worthy to be respected and followed.


In history, there are several figures that names has passed on until now, whose way of delivering his/her messages has inspired thousands, millions of people. There is a phrase, made by a famous figure in my country, Indonesia, Ki Hajar Dewantara, he quoted “Tut Wuri Handayani, “Di Depan, Seorang Pendidik harus memberi Teladan atau Contoh Tindakan Yang Baik, Di tengah atau di antara Murid, Guru harus menciptakan prakarsa dan ide, Dari Belakang Seorang Guru harus Memberikan dorongan dan Arahan”, it means that a leader, as a teacher to those who follows his or her ideals, should give exemplary actions to that is beneficial to those who are exposed to his/her actions. Besides inspiring, a leader should and must gives necessary pushes to encourage and to guide. There are literally thousands of people like Ki Hajar Dewantara, millions more that were able to inspire individuals in numbers of millions. Martin Luther King, Jr liberated the African-American in America during the 1960s by nonviolent civil disobedience. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, spreading Satya Graha in purpose of reaching the Independency of India. These “leaders” are known up until today, for their individual success, with that of something that they believe in. Muhammad Ali, John Lennon, Barack Obama, Albert Einstein, Stephen Hawking, Mother Teresa has things in common in which that has followed up to their so called “success”, which is that they thrived for the entities that they happen to believe is right, to which can be differentiated on how the famous individuals has managed to deliver it. Each of these famous individuals successfully inspired other individuals to reach better, to be set up not as a limiter of ones limit but as a goal, an exemplary, a leader by which ways of ethics have inspired many to thrive greater. 


To do well, to influence ones mind of ethics, to spread good deeds, these actions are available to each and every human on the planet. From the smallest actions as to be a role model from being a senior in your school, to being a president responsible for the future of a country, an individual who is able to succeed in one of those things is worthy of being called a leader. There are experts who state that there are specific characteristics, personalities that dwells inside a leader by which determines ones capability to lead, therefore develops a leader. In addition by which are determined that these characteristics are born with, which comes the term “natural-born leaders”. I believe that each of these characteristics are born inside every single living organism, that each of us has the capability to be a leader and that each of us can and could be a natural-born leader. We are all able to interpret from right and wrong, good deeds and bad deeds, actions that leads to further benefits or that will bring fourth negative impacts upon the future, by this in nature in each every one of us, it should be logical as to think that we all have that power to influence others to do good deeds as well, it all comes back to the fact of the reason why does some chooses as not to do good but the opposite, the fact that to give ignorance is easier to actually take an action yet alone an exemplary one. Through one action, it might and has the chance to inspire other to create a domino effect, therefore become a leader as to create initiative as to inspire others to do better.


Through globalization, we are living in a fast-paced of evolvement in which exposes us to opinions all over the globe of different mindsets, formulating the liberalization of unconstructed leaders by which is not necessarily false but often confuses individuals through the multiple opinions and guidance that clash towards the following individual in-result leads to a false conclusion. In this time of confusion, it is essential to sharpen the part of leader in ones self as to not fully follow but to determine and proceed towards establishing an individual conclusion to avoid any interpretation that may come. It does not mean that to shut external guidance and increase stubbornness but to believe and sharpen ones ability to construct a conclusion through absorbing external information and trust in the capability of yourself that you are able to inspire and spread guidance instead of simply relying on leaders but become your own.


NAME  : Gilang Haruna Dharmasaputra


GRADE            : Student


TEACHER       : Ibu Dayu


SCHOOL          : Sekolah Bogor Raya (Indonesia)


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Comment by Tsamara Alifia on December 5, 2013 at 1:27am

You have a well-structured essay with detailed information. I like how you set ki hajar dewantara as your example of a moral leader and quoted his phrase "tut wuri handayani". 

Comment by Kartika Yana on December 5, 2013 at 1:20am

Nice and interesting essay. I like the way you explain it because it makes me easier to understand. You tell us how to be a good leader in the future and you also give examples about many inspiring people of moral leadership.

Comment by Reynaldi Gunawan on December 3, 2013 at 4:28am

you mentioned everything and i really like how you inspire people to be a good leader

Comment by Peter Wangsadinata on December 3, 2013 at 4:24am

The way you express your thoughts are sufficient and interestingly easy to understand, and this essay provides great examples and deliberately you provide sufficient information to describe what true morality is.

Comment by Devan Andria on December 3, 2013 at 4:19am

I like the examples you have put such as Ki Hajar Dewantara and the requirements it need to become a moral leader.

Comment by Dylan Havard on December 3, 2013 at 4:16am

interesting essay. content very easy to understand

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