The Effect of Moral Leadership in Our Life

Devan Pratama Andria

Student of Sekolah Bogor Raya

Teacher: Ida Ayu

Moral Leadership has a different point of view in leading their followers. They take action by choosing the moral and the most ethical decisions  to solve an issue. Moral Leaders take beliefs and moral as a personal matter. Moral Leaders follow their moral rather than the organization’s value. This type of leadership involves leading in a manner which considers the rights and respects of the other party.  Normal leaders are seen in a position and seen of owning a high social status and power, while Moral Leaders focuse on using their social skills to make decision, actions, and how they can influence others to follow their cause.

Moral leaders have a higher level of integrity which is crucial in creating a bond and trust to their followers. It is very important since people would be able to see the leader’s vision which would makes more sense why they are following him or her. The character of the person could provide just what they need to become a great leader. The main traits which could guide a leader’s moral are their beliefs, values, and decisions.

Like any other leader, the main duty of a Moral Leader is responsibility. With great power comes great responsibility. A Moral Leader must be ready at all times and ready to pay the for the actions he has chose. By taking responsibility, the leader has lived up to their standards of moral and ethical conduct. A Moral leader is aware of how their decision will impact another person’s life. To sacrifice something is normal because it is for the greater good. Moral Leaders would use their social power to serve the people and for a greater cause and has put away their own interests. This is why Moral Leaders are needed in organizations or goverments. It is quite different from Business leaders since they need to make decisions that will profit to them most. The best leaders make their own legacy based on their values and ethics. This consist of having a great cause to fight for and communicating with the people with accurate and not false information where every aspects have been taken into account. That way, a leader is able to gain the respect they deserve and the person is able to be proud of what they have achieved.


To become a moral leader, there are a couple of criteria that needs to be fulfilled. A moral leader needs to be able to make tough decisions in facing difficult situations. A moral leader could be in a situation where two sides have different opinion and have to choose one. The Moral Leader has to see the bigger picture and consider which is right and wrong. The Moral Leader can’t afford to make the false decision, otherwise people won’t trust or believe in them anymore. After the Moral Leader has chose the right thing to do, it will surely have a negative impact to one side, that is why it is hard to become a Moral Leader.  Not everyone can be pleased with the decision the Moral Leader has chosed even if it’s the right thing to do.


Another important criteria a moral leader needs is experience. To become a great leader, you need experience. The only way people are able to get experience is by trying different things and through age comes wisdom. Through the person’s personal experience, it will affect in how he makes his decision so it’s important that the moral leader has a good perspective in solving problems. The Moral Leader never stops learning, for he or she must keep improving over time. They learn from their past situations to prepare for the next cause and make better judgements


A Moral Leader must also be ready to face criticts and able to reflect on themselves. A Moral Leader can’t be too proud of themselves or else they would lose their vision and lose their integrity. Through reflection, a leader can view back to their mistakes and develop into a better Moral Leader. After thinking about the past decisions, they are able to go past dilemas and make better judgement calls. If a leader does not reflect, they are not a Moral Leader. Reflection allows us to be responsible to the decisions we make. Without it, it will become harder for other to believe in the decision we make.


A Moral Leader also needs to have a good social skills and social learning in deciding the most ethical way to solve a problem. A moral leader must learn different types of culture in order to decide the right decision without offending the opposition. To gain information on culture, he or she can learn the documents about organization values of a ceratin place. The Moral Leader take into account other groups of right and wrong for his sense could be different. This is why Moral Leader needs to be a “product of Social Learning”.


An example of a great Moral Leader is Nelson Mandela. He is one of the most respected leader around the world. He was one of the most influential leaders that is capable of reaching to the mind of the people. He could persuade people inside and outside the country. He was able to save South Africa from the civil war that was about to break out. The reason Mandela is so famous is he had a way with words that he can carry and a moral authority which became his advantages. He was able to speak his words assertive and yet gently and far. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.

Nelson Mandela’s vision was to erase the racial stereotypes in South Africa. He fought for the people that was treated unfairly. He even served in prison for 27 years but his vision stayed on course. He struggled and became a symbol for the racial equality. After his release he was elected to be President of South Africa. He achieved his vision because he believed and his moral was not shaken through the long serving time in prison. What he did became his legacy. Without Nelson Mandela, South Africa wouldn’t be the same. Even at old age, Nelson Mandle is still active in taking care of the world. He organized three organisation which entitled his name.

At the moment, there are no Moral Leaders that have emerge to wipe out poverty or corruption throughout the world. Most politican have lost their idealism or their moral which made them only think of themselves rather than for the greater good. To become a Moral Leader and a good one is to be able to see the strengths and weaknesses of the party to make the correct decision. People think it is easy to become a leader since they think they know what the people wants but there are always two sides to everything and that is where a Moral Leader strives. They know both sides of the story which differentiate them from the other leaders. They have no rank since they are self serving rather than the authority who is capable of changing things the way they want.

It is very important to have a Moral Leader in the government because Moral Leaders have the power to change the heart of the people. With that power, a country could become stronger just like what Nelson Mandela did in South Africa. The racial discrimination have been wiped out and a civil war was dispersed. Until the leader has put aside his personal needs and has seen the bigger picture to serve the people for the greater, no leader can be called a Moral Leader.

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Comment by Gilang Haruna Dharmasaputra on December 3, 2013 at 4:22am

Though contains deep meanings behind the essay, it is very easily read. The figure used, Nelson Mandela, was carefully though and made a core essence to the essay. Interesting essay.

Comment by Peter Wangsadinata on December 3, 2013 at 4:18am

The essay was simplistic and meaningful, with the very essence and thought of moral and ethics, the very figure of a Moral Leader with great examples like Gandhi who have changed the world

Comment by Patrick Winowatan on December 3, 2013 at 4:17am
I like your way of expressing of what a moral leadership is. Your examples are very interesting. good job
Comment by Patrick Winowatan on December 3, 2013 at 4:17am

I like your way of expressing of what a moral leadership is. Your examples are very interesting. good job

Comment by fasya fahlefi on December 3, 2013 at 4:16am

your essay about leadership inspire me to be a great leader like Mandela. i like how you put Mandela as an example because for me he is one of the wisest man ever existed

Comment by Aldwin Erning on December 3, 2013 at 4:14am

Good job on giving a brief explanation but it is still easy to understand

Comment by Reynaldi Gunawan on December 3, 2013 at 4:10am

simply amazing. short but meaningful

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