The 2024 presidential election in Indonesia presents an opportunity for the people to elect leaders with integrity and trustworthiness, in line with the expectations of Muhammadiyah and NU’s meeting to guide the people in making their choices for morally upright and integral leaders. #aminkanIndonesia
HE dialogue between Muhammadiyah and NU ahead of the 2024 presidential and legislative elections brings forth intriguing ideas. Their meeting, coinciding with the first day of the campaign, signals their commitment to guiding the community, emphasizing that people should not be used merely as a means to gain power but should be the deciding factor in future leadership, aimed at achieving social justice and welfare.
Moral leadership is about using influence to make the world better, with strong values and a commitment to doing what’s right, even when difficult. Peter Drucker explains,
“Moral leaders use their influence to improve the world,” which relates to a leader’s integrity and trustworthiness.
The future of leadership lies in navigating uncertainty and rapid change. Future leaders must differ from past leaders in competencies, requiring skills like critical and creative thinking, communication, collaboration, adaptability, flexibility, and technological proficiency.
Beyond these competencies, future leaders must possess strong character traits like integrity, honesty, responsibility, empathy, and an understanding of others’ needs.
Discussing future Indonesian leaders involves evaluating their track records. Future challenges include positioning Indonesia as a great nation on par with others, fostering peace, social justice, and prosperity.
We must avoid leaders with histories of human rights violations, authoritarian tendencies, criticism intolerance, oppression, dishonesty, and unfulfilled promises. Instead, we need strong, adaptive leaders who are open to criticism, community-focused, and reconciliatory.
The 2024 presidential election is a chance for the people to choose trustworthy leaders with integrity, aligning with Muhammadiyah and NU’s aspirations to guide the public in selecting morally sound and integral leaders.
* Isa Ansori, Columnist and Academic, Based in Surabaya