Moral Leadership: Right Figure to Everyone
By: Novini Gunario
A student of Sekolah Bogor Raya, Indonesia
Teacher: Ida Ayu Utami Sundari
A leader is a person or a figure that has a commitment to achieve its vision to make things happen. He/she is the role model that can influence people in a right way because they have the confidence and understand what they are doing to keep things they way it is. Everyone has the quality to be a leader, but not everyone has the ability to indicate that quality to be confidence and able to influence people in a right way.
A leader is an individual that is able to lead a person, group of people and even a country because his/her ability to guide people by showing example and they have a personal integrity. A leader is a person that can be trusted, show good example to others and can be respected by many people.
Moral leadership and leadership is a very different kind of ideas. A leader should have the moral to become a person that fully considers their choice in a decision-making. Rather than being followed and aspired by many people, moral leadership is a person that serves people without being recognized by people, they tend to develop the capacities of many people.
People that have the characteristic of moral leadership is not always seats in the high position like a CEO, Manager or Director, any individuals can be a moral leader that has a deep sense of ethics, self-respect and respect the rights and dignity of others. “As leaders are by nature in a position of social power, ethical leadership focuses on how leaders use their social power in the decisions they make, actions they engage in, and ways they influence others” (Boundless).
People that have the abilities of self-control are the people that are considered to have the characteristic of a leader with moral. They are capable to control and manage themselves, able to control their egos and know how to act respectfully in front of many people. Beside self-control, moral leaders also have the abilities to overcome obstacles and they are skilled to understand people problems, he/she can bring people together as a team. The world moral itself means the idea, which one is right, or wrong, therefore the term of moral leadership means a person that can lead people in a right way, that knows the difference between right and wrong.
Leaders are being challenged to think ethically, how to behave precisely in front of many people and able to lead their people in a right way. The responsibilities in handling people is one of the hardest thing because they have to evaluate their staffs progress and their basis performance in order to achieve what its aim at the first time. These employees can be a group of people, friends or employees and numbers don’t differentiate from a person being a leader.
The moment when you accept the position to be a leader, a person should be prepared to be in public gaze. In terms of that, morality in leadership does matter. Because when you are being chose to lead certain people, you have to consider every movement that you’ll take. You have to think before you speak, many publics are hearing every word that came from your mouth and they rely every single thing on you. The impact of anything that a leader says and does will affect the whole community, even though only small mistake that happened. Therefore, being a leader should take big responsibilities and being extra cautious.
The figure of a true leader might be hard to find, and sometimes we criticize about the problems of every leader in the government are not qualified as a leader. It’s true; and we can take a good example of Indonesia. These people who work for the government and have the position in parliamentary seats are not always obeying the rules, which they have promised. Corruption is one of the problems that most of them do in the government. It’s not a wise thing to do and they are giving a false example to the citizens. They might think that it will not impact the people of the country; actually these people might consider the actions of their leader and follow it, because they think that it’s not really wrong and they will not be punished by that action.
People should also be smart in taking decisions and choose the right things. Take a look around ourselves and we will find these people in the 21st century who believe and have a figure of a moral leader. They may not be in a high position, or people that screamed at us and told us what to do in an authoritative way, but they will be moving patiently, understand the difficulties of their people and consistently communicate with us in the right direction. They will have the capacity to widely look over in different perspective from the beginning of the problems and they will finish it until the roots of the problems. Moral leadership is like a mirror; it reveals the truth where you can tell yourself that you’re doing the right thing. You will able to see your self that you are taking the right choice and able to live with it. It’s not always giving the best result of everything, but it’s about giving the best shot to the society and your self.
Leaders with morals will bring their society as one and respect each other in the right way. They will respect their surrounding and creates a very positive environment to the people. As a leader, you should be proud of your achievements and use it as a platform to bring people to greater things. It’s important to bring people greater things and help people that need us, because helping others by sharing our knowledge and our energy is a remarkable thing to do. When we’re helping someone, it means that we are repeating the things that we might forget, that gives us practice to learn it one more time and we didn’t lose any of these things.
The world today needs someone that has these capabilities. A person that has a moral sense that can choose between the right things and wrong, a role model to everyone and not just inspired people, but also valuable to the society around them and can guide his/her people to a greater things in their life.