The Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative (GRLI) and Net Impact Challenge in cooperation with PA CSR Indonesia and the Paramadina University have organized the National Students’ Competition on 9 December 2010 at the premises of the Paramadina University applying the motto

Shaping Tomorrow’s Leaders: “How can next generation leaders contribute to the development of globally responsible leadership?”

The contributions of the Indonesian students were brought to the international competition of GRLI and Net Impact Challenge for evaluation. The winning team of this (international) competition will be invited to the GRLI General Assembly, Melbourne (Australia), March 2011.

26 students were representing four Universities: Paramadina University, Prasetya Mulya Business School, UIN Syarif Hidayatullah and Mercu Buana University in this competition.

The award ceremony and the subsequent inauguration of the first 26 GRLI Ambassadors was held during the International CSR Conference on 14 December 2010 at Sahid Jaya Hotel. The inauguration speech was given by Mr. Rio D. Praaning, Managing Partner of PA Group.

Leadership? Faith? Power?

At the start of what Arabs call the Eid I have sent one cow and several goats to the suffering people around the Merapi. Why? Because in Aceh, where PA initiated an economic recovery project since the Tsunami, I learnt how important it is for Muslims to be able to slaughter these animals and divide the meet in three portions: one to eat, one to give away and one to save.

I believe in God, fully, deeply and completely. But I do not give it a name. My father was born a Muslim from Tasikmalaya. My mother a Christian from The Netherlands. I am half Asian. I tried to teach myself not to choose. My choice can be wrong, too hastily made on imagined advantages; or too easily rejected on emotional grounds. And what do I miss when I choose just one option? The joke of my family is: if you have a choice take both. That is apparently why my family is very big.

So I try to make the best of all of it – while deeply respecting anyone’s sincere belief. Particularly in times of crisis.

What has this to do with leadership? I was struck by the front page of this week’s TEMPO. 2 trillion Rp of savings of people aspiring to be Hadj has been misappropriated by the Ministry of Religious Affairs. How is that possible. Please tell me?.....

Thank you for your remarks. It takes two to tango. One is the leader, the others follow. Most learned authors seem to concentrate on what makes a leader. I have read a lot of nonsense about this. It does not truly explain Hitler in Germany killing both non-Germans and Jews; or Pol Pot and his Khmer Rouge killing anyone smart enough to not agreeing with them; or Idi Amin in Uganda, eating his own subjects.

So what makes followers? Which idiots bought the nonsense of these people? Us. Or better still, our FAITH. Faith in that someone will resolve our problems for us. Faith in that he will make tomorrow better than today. Faith in that we can have a happy life with our wife or man, our children, and our children’s children. Faith, no matter how motivating and instructive, can make us blind. And the more problems we feel must be resolved, the blinder we tend to get for all other things that tend to come with leadership.

On a global scale, this sentiment has caused many leaders of our countries including the biggest to borrow more than is earned. Common people followed. The severe punishment is unemployment, no shelter, no food, no health care. The punishment is not of God, or of some leader, it is the logical consequence of us following a dream, a thought leader, that tells us to borrow to have a house with a swimming pool and does not tell us that this and much more will be taken from us if we do not pay back with interest.

Still, there is nothing wrong with faith as such, or with leaders, as such. There is something wrong with us if we fail to register, in all coolness, the consequence of blind faith in those who claim to be our leaders.

If we are able to discipline ourselves, and use the knowledge, the experience and particularly the imagination that we have, in a self critical way, we will grow up to be leaders ourselves.

So how can we recognize if we are leader? If we consider everyone less than us our children and anyone equal to us our brother.

And how can we recognize a leader in others? If they give opportunity to all in society to earn a decent living.

And how to we measure a leader’s power? By measuring how much income he allows his followers to make, in justice and serenity.

Where are these answers given? In Makota Segally Raja, the Crown of all Kings, a key Indonesian and Islam source of wisdom and information published in the 18th century but based on the oldest of Indonesian HEIKAJAT (histories) and Tjerita (stories).

That, my dear friends, is how true Indonesian culture defines and judges leadership. Let no one ever make you believe differently.



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GRLI Students Competition at Paramadina

Award Ceremony during the CSR International Conference at Sahid Jaya Hotel at 14 December 2010