If you want to be a true professional, you will do something outside yourself. Something to repair tears in your community, something to make a life a little better than you. That’s what I think meaningful life—Not for oneself, but for one’s community (Ruth Bader Ginsburg: 1933-2020)
RUTH Bader Ginsberg (RBG) died last week, exactly on September 18, 2020. She was born on March 15, 1933, and died just last week on September 18, 2020. I was amazed when her great statement was posted by a friend of my Facebook friends, by the time she died.
RBG had served as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the USA until her death (see Wikipedia). The above statement is really stunning for all of us. In general, the law and the practice in the real-life tend to be deviating from the true norms. It is as the laymen have observed and so have we so far.
When reading the quotation above, it can be very true that the real leader “we have chosen” can be either a professional leader or the other way around. Yet, it is very easy to identify the leaders we have observed around the world. It can be obviously seen whether they are true leaders or not. Look around the people surrounding him or her! Then, learn about their surrounding people’s previous condition and the present one.
It is not for oneself but it is something to repair—to make his or her surrounding people live better. Their people should have been dragged into more opportunities and prosperity. If he or she is the only prosperous, it can be the indicator of being not professional. More importantly, the community should be more prosperous.
So, the more the people getting better the more clearly highlighted the professional leader is. If not—such as only his or her fame getting its highest peak—it shows his or her real indicators. It is clearly observable. In other words, it is not difficult to categorize what kind of leader he or she is. The surrounding people must be even better than him or her. Even, it should have a bigger impact on the entire community—global communities.
Something to make a life better than you is the key indicator. The true leaders are happy but their people of course happier. It is not on the contrary. The surrounding people's tears accumulated while his or her condition is getting better and better.
On the contrary, it is not a professional leader when he or she has only his or her concern: prosperity and opportunities. Sallas-Vallina, A., and Fermandes-Guerrero, R (2020) have just done research on leadership. It shows that real leaders always inspire their people. Results showed that inspirational leadership exerts a more positive influence on followers' happiness at work. Of course, it is supported by the followers’ positive characteristics.
To make the followers have a positive attitude, the leaders should also highlight his or her positive attitude to make his or her people much happier. “It is something to make a life a little better than you as a leader” (RBG, 2020). It can be observed by looking around at the people surrounding the leader. It can even be seen by observing the wider community: locally, nationally, and globally. It depends on what level of leadership he or she has acted. Are they more prosperous? Or, is the leader the only prosperous one?
The death of RBG recently left us with a model of a moderate leader and her efforts to struggle for the community’s happiness. She is had and is even now still inspiring. Even though she is from the USA, people around the world should be aware of such leadership types. RBG had acted such leadership till her death.
In practice, the indicators of such a professional leader can be understood. It can be identified who our leader is. How has he or she done so far? Is the impact for the entire people or for himself or herself? If so, it can be easily identified that he or she is not the category of RBG’s “dream” of leading the people. However, with a professional leader, people surrounding him or her must also support him or her forever.
Dr. Djuwari is an Associate Professor and the Director of Language Laboratory at STIE Perbanas Surabaya, the editor of some research journals in the Philippines and Indonesia. He is also a journalist in some newspapers in Indonesia; the President of International Association of Scholarly Publishers, Editors, and Reviewers (IASPER).