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18 July 2018 09:48
Leadership with Integrity Serves with Heart

Leadership with Integrity Serves with Heart

On Saturday (7 July), a public lecture was held with the theme “Leadership with Integrity”, at the Universitas Kristen Satya Wacana (UKSW) University Hall. This activity was part of a general course (MKU) called Christian Religion Education (PAK). It was not only joined by students who took the course, but it was also open to the general public.

The teaching coordinator of MKU PAK, Pdt. Cindy Quartyamina Koan, M.A, explained that this general course, which presented four resource persons, was intentionally opened to the public as a form of publication about UKSW religious understanding to society.

“We are trying to show that UKSW accepts plurality as a part of God’s blessing for Indonesian lives and a commitment to manage and empower this plurality reality to become a real work that is beneficial for society’s lives and the nation,” emphasized Pdt. Cindy.

She explained that MKU PAK is an integral part of the classes that are conducted every trimester. The 2017-2018 academic year has the general theme of Leaders and Leadership Who Respond to Indonesia’s Needs. This theme was broken down into three sub-themes, which were Humanistic Leadership, Leadership Which Empowers Each Other, and Leaders with Integrity.

In the public lecture which was opened by Vice Rector IV Joseph Ernest Mambu, S.Pd., M.A., Ph.D., the other day, in attendance were the former Rector of UIN Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta, Prof. Dr. Azyumardi Azra, CBE; a Social and Politics Faculty (FISIP) lecturer from UNDIP, Dr. Ari Pradhanawati, MS; a Driyarkara Philosophy College Jakarta lecturer, Dr. Augustinus Setyo Wibowo; as well as the Chairperson of the Indonesia Confucianism Religion House of Councilors (MATAKIN), Drs. Uung Sendana L. Linggaraja, S.H., M.Ag; as resource persons.

In his speech, Prof. Dr. Azyumardi Azra conveyed that integrity is the totality of one’s own character. Out there, many leaders say one thing and do something else. This is not in line with any religious teachings, because religion teaches that we should always practice what we preach.

“Integrity is not only relevant for all leaders but also for us laypeople. We have to build integrity from within ourselves. Don’t wait for other people. Start to build integrity from now and be consistent. If we become leaders in the future, then we will be able to feel good integrity in our lives,” emphasized this Muslim scholar who earned the title of Commander of the Order of the British Empire, a title of respect from the British Kingdom.

Keep Your Promises

Dr. Ari Pradhanawati emphasized that having integrity is able to keep leaders away from the practice of corruption and collusion and show that promises become proof. Leaders can be taught to have integrity from a young age. Leaders with integrity are those who are able to lead society well.

Similarly, Dr. Augustinus Setyo Wibowo, who finished his Ph.D. at Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France, mentioned that a person with integrity is able to give oneself for the importance of others, not just for oneself. We have to shape ourselves and be able to control ourselves by having self-control. Don’t be like the sophists who just are good at talking but don’t do much in terms of actions.

Meanwhile, Drs. Uung Sendana, who looked at the meaning of leaders with integrity from a Confucianism religious perspective, mentioned that a person with integrity is seen from one’s actions as a prophet and ends up as a king. They lead down the holy path.

“Leaders with integrity lead with wisdom, love, and bravery. Leaders are always shined by God’s virtue. Leaders never feel scared, because they know that they are not wrong, as they are full of wisdom and care,” emphasized this Tarumanegara University lecturer. (at/chis/upk_bpha/photo: committee document).