Gregorius Magnus Peter Wangsadinata
Student of Sekolah Bogor Raya Grade 12
Teacher: Ida Ayu Utami Sundari
Moral Leadership, those words and notion comprises of the term “moral” and the expression “leadership”. Leadership itself is a complex concept, thus it has the impression and knowledge where it would be perceived in tapered ways. Leaders themselves are frequently considered to be those people that obligate authority over others, which have control and dominance, those that one way or another strive to be ahead, and better than the rest. This term, and this perception of leadership is egotistical and self-absorbed, and also temporary concerned with the disempowerment of others, which it has been proven by course of history to be catastrophic.
Before moving on to moral leadership, what is “moral”? Moral is the apprehension of the principles of right and wrong behavior and the goodness or ruthlessness of the human character. This definition is very complex indeed, where “right” and “wrong” is also a very complex manner, where the perception and extraction of “right” and “wrong” could be perceived by a single individual variously.
Moving on to Moral Leadership, Moral Leadership is a much altered kind of leadership. Rather than aspiring to being trailed and followed, Moral Leadership’s aim is to serve with the obligation to aid, attend, and assist others. Instead of showcasing their own talents and skills, Moral Leaders tends to develop, assist, and supporting the growth capacities of others. Moral Leadership bounds no rank, comprehends no luxuriant, constrained by no exuberant. But, Moral Leaders are characterized by a deep sense of ethics, the profound intellect of right and wrong, driven by the very idea of impartiality, righteousness and justice, with the motivation and drive of the pursuit of a higher perseverance to achieve a greater cause.
Moral Leadership could be diverse in the perspective and the point of view of the forerunner’s factions and cohorts. With the essential regards to it is also about particular capacities and skills. Moral Leaders could be regarded as an individual that could manage themselves well, with the very dexterity to temper their egos and individuality and supreme judgment to act with nobleness and integrity. They could also be described as individuals that have a keen sense of emotional intellect with the very expertise to socially communicate and the very respect to others, where they could create a reconciliation to flabbergast obstacles and are the first choice for consultations. Moral leadership would be the morality and the sense of right and wrong, the very conscience that would be the very essence of a cluster and the adhesive that holds it composed and unruffled.
Moral Leaders integrity is vital in the essence of bonding and trust towards the cohost. To be able to see the vision, and the aspiration of the people, to find and understanding the interest of the group, where it would create more sense on the followers, to open up to each other with the very intellect of trust on their beliefs, ideals and verdicts.
As it is the equivalent with other leaders, both leaders, and moral leaders have the obligation to hold a very important key value, which is responsibility. With the very quote, where we all have heard of “With great power comes great responsibility” either by the popularly announced movie Spiderman or the 19th century French man, Voltaire. The quote speaks for itself, where it could be understood that leaders and moral leaders, hold the very essence of power. People nowadays frequently perceive power as strength which is two very different manners. Power is the ability to do something or act in a particular way with the capacity and ability to direct and influence the behavior of others or the course of the event, as the main key to the accountability of their cohost. Strength is the state of being strong.
In the twentieth century, the exemplary example of a great moral leader exhibits every single quality and crux of what morality is. The man that comprehends and encloses these essences held no official political title, where he commanded no army, and he amassed no great wealth. What he has is tremendous and colossal influence with the trust of all his people.
“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong”, this quote was made and stated by Mahatma Gandhi. He exhibits the essence and the core attribute of a great moral leader. Mahatma Gandhi is universally accepted as an exemplary model of ethical and moral life, with the rare blending and down-to-earth manner towards his personal and public life, his principles and practices. With him, his life considered as the integration of the whole growing nature of truth.
Mahatma Gandhi believed in the single standard of the conduct founded by the truth and nonviolence. His way of life, his ideology, and his cause helped millions of people, reaching into their hearts, and grasping them, hand-in-hand to reach toward the truth, and the ethics of right and wrong. With his teachings and way, he successfully led the nonviolent struggles against racial discrimination, colonial rule, economic and social exploitation with the moral degradation that has been brought upon his country and his people. Even when manifestations of violence remain and grow, the perseverance and relevancy of Gandhi’s teaching and way of life remains.
Even with the growth of his influence and his powers around his followers and cohost, he remains humble and continuously live and strive with them, with a never-ending journey to learn and improve to anticipate and benefit his cohost’s needs. “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever”, this quote and statement from Mahatma Gandhi bring forth the essence towards his people to value life, and to be open-minded and strive for others.
The importance of great Moral Leaders in the society and government is very essential, since Moral Leaders, great ones, such as Gandhi have the power to change the heart of the people, to move them with the strive for virtue, and the teachings of ethics on the way of right and wrong, and to see the bigger picture of life.