A leader must have the ability to be brave. Boldness is one aspect that has been known to humans since tens of thousands of years ago. At that time leaders with high courage were associated with the paliing physical strength of the masters who would become king. However, it turns out that physical strength in the present is not the most important thing to dare to be a leader. Courage to appear not only physical but must also strong mentally.

Courage that has to be fertilized since youth. It has provided a path capable of getting a potential leader out of the nation from colonialism in the past. In Indonesia we know the Founding Father Soekarno, Tan Malaka, and Bung Tomo. Soekarno as the father of the nation could not be able to liberate the Indonesian nation from the clutch of Dutch colonialism if not dare to fight through the struggle of diplomacy and physical “gerilya”.Tan Malaka as the originator of the name of Indonesia in the international world must use courage to show the birth of an independent Indonesia. Bung Tomo through a pointy bamboo struggle using his courage to mobilize “Arek Surabaya” in 11 November battle.

In the present information age according to Alvin Toffler’s prediction and disruption period according to Christensen’s prediction, a leader who has the courage must fight against the walls of the old rules made by the incumbent. It is to realize a more equitable world of prosperity. The courage now is a sustaining innovation that is unending. The courage of a leader to provide quick and appropriate decisions is needed in this era.

The leader must have the courage to convert, see the truth, and fight the injustice in both eyes. The existing courage must be imbued with common sense and good strategy knowledge. After all that can be lived, we become leaders who can make the world even better.

“If you die, boldly, if you live, bravely, if courage does not exist, that is why every foreign nation can colonize us”. Pramudya Ananta Toer.

Reza Prama Arviandi
Undergraduated Student of Department of Civil Engineering
Faculty of Civil and Enviromental Engineering
Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia
Essay for SCG Young Leaders Program 2017

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