Being a leader, of course you are familiar with the term “With great power comes great responsibility”, by becoming a leader then we become a person who carries a mandate and a very big responsibility. The greater the power a leader has, the greater the responsibility it carries.
In this world there are two kinds of leaders, ordinary leaders who tend to only run the technical SOP as a manager, and extraordinary leaders who are not only bound by the technical routine. He moved beyond expectations as a technical manager. He carries out his mandate and responsibilities not only for the company’s progress but further contributes to building the culture and progress of the nation in a much better direction.
There are at least three things the uncommon leader must possess. First is the purpose. In a television talk show, I stated that I will continue to work until there is no poverty in Indonesia anymore. I am aware that the condition is very difficult to happen, or it may never happen. But I also realize, that as a human being who was born, grew up and tried in Indonesia, I must be part of the building of Indonesia. As much as I can, as strong as I am. That’s what I can give to Indonesia. A country that has given me so many opportunities.
As a CEO with trust and responsibility, I would like to answer the following question in person, “What is my purpose of life?” The question is very important to be answered solemnly and honestly. I quote Steve Jobs’s words, “If today is the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?”
Time is precious, the time we have is precious because our time is all limited. It is important to ensure that what we do from day to day, draws us closer to our purpose of life. It’s the best way to give thanks for the life God gives you.
The second thing an extraordinary leader must have is a sense of mission. Great people have one thing in common, they have a very strong sense of mission. Leaders are great people, who are given a great mandate to lead. Trust to take the company from this moment into the future. Trust to make things better. Making Indonesia more advanced, fair and prosperous.
Angela Duckworth, an American psychologist introduced the term “grit” as a determinant of success. Grit is a combination of purpose, passion, and perseverance. The existence of grit makes people will be consistent, test-resistant, and tireless in realizing its mission. The existence of grit makes us wake up most early, come home at night to ensure disciplined and militant execution. Grit that sets you apart as an extraordinary leader with ordinary leaders.
Make or break the company or organization you lead is in your hands. The same is true in the context of the nation and state that the make-break of this nation is also the responsibility of you and all of us as leaders. Humans who have a sense of mission is a man who has finished with him. Placing a more noble interest above self-interest. Mother Teresa is an almost perfect example of a sense of mission. His whole life is dedicated to humanity.
The third thing an extraordinary leader must have is values. I quote the words of the late Mr. Benny Subianto, “We have to change with changing time, but we have to hold on to unchanged values.” Great power without strong values makes people greedy, cruel, ethically disabled, and defective in integrity. Power without values dwarfs, weakens, can even be deadly.
Families fall apart because of the insignificance of values. Many companies are not sustainable because of their fragile values. The state is destroyed and does nothing because it ignores the importance of values. Many problems of the Indonesian nation, which also occur because of the unequal values.
I, you, we all have the same responsibility to live the values within our own sphere of life. Strong values must start from the harmony of words and deeds of leaders. No more, no less. We must be leaders who become role models. Leaders who walk the talk.
Building a business is building values. Businesses built without values are undoubtedly messy and will not last long. Our responsibility as a leader not only stops producing exceptional financial performance but also becomes a part of the nation to build a generation with strong values. Values that begin with integrity.
We all have moral responsibility. How much easier will our nation’s entire development effort, if all business players are also called and take a real part in the cultivation of values.
Less for self, more for others, enough for everybody. Being a leader is not easy. It contains a great and noble mandate, not merely to pursue and prioritize personal interests, but to have a positive impact for many. That is the reason of being from true leader.
I will close this paper by writing down a sincere and simple promise about values. This promise is also a guiding principle for all leaders in this country we love. Today, I promise to live life transparently and honestly, to give more than expected, under any circumstances, to put humanity and a nobler purpose above personal gain, to be a humble person, to open up, and to keep improving self. This promise I declare sincerely and wholeheartedly to myself, family, company, Indonesia, and God Almighty.