Seven habits of an effective Indonesian president
January-March 2014
By: Christianto Wibisono , Yohanes Sulaiman

In “Leadership,” his seminal work, James McGregor Burns argues that there are two types of leaders: transformational and trans­actional. He posits that transformational leaders try to change society, motivating it to move closer to an ideal. On the other hand, transactional leaders will negotiate, bringing to the table various in­terests to achieve a common goal.

The perfect leader, of course, is someone who is able to negoti­ate and create a winning coalition while at the same time motivat­ing people to work together to achieve an ideal situation, or at least, strive toward a greater good. This prompts an important and pressing question: what vision must the next Indonesian president have in light of the troubles currently facing the country?

We propose that the next president must have in his (or her) portfolio an understanding of seven important geostrategic compo­nents currently important in Indonesia, namely an understanding of geophilosophy, geopolitics, geoeconomics, geoethics, geotechnology, meritocracy and reconciliation. We will elaborate on these compo­nents in the hope that this essay can be used as a guideline to select the next president of Indonesia.


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