Jakarta, Indonesia, 6th June 2022: The ASEAN PUBLIC RELATIONS NETWORK (APRN) in collaboration with INTERNATIONAL LEADERSHIP ASSOCIATION and LSPR COMMUNICATION AND BUSINESS INSTITUTE held the INTERNATIONAL LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP on 6th June 2022 at Prof. Dr. Djajusman Auditorium & Performance Hall, Campus B, LSPR Communication & Business Institute – Jakarta. Attending the event were a notable speaker and participants from Respective LSPR Management and Lecturers.

The conference started with welcoming remarks from Mr. Taufan Teguh Akbari, Ph.D as Vice Rector III of LSPR Communication and Business Institute and Chairman of LSPR Centre for Leadership. He was followed by remarks from Dr. (H.C.). Prita Kemal Gani, MBA, MCIPR, APR, President of ASEAN PR Network and CEO & Founder of LSPR Communication and Business Institute. Professor Mike Hardy CMG OBE FRSA, Chair of International Leadership Association & Founding Director of the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University, UK, was one of the notable speakers. Prof Mike presented insightful and inspiring materials on “Sustainability in the Digital Age” which was followed by case studies where participants discussed and participated in the discussion. Prof. Dr. H. Azyumardi Azra, M. Phil., M.A., CBE, – The Chair of Indonesia Press Council and Former Rector of Universitas Islam Negeri Syarief Hidayatullah Jakarta gave inspirational thoughts on leadership in Indonesia.

The International Leadership Workshop was filled with many participants from LSPR Respective Management, Lecturers and also LSPR Students. All participants actively participated in the case studies session led by Prof. Mike Hardy.

Ibu Prita Kemal Gani stated, “Leaders are not born. To be a leader, must be built even from a very young age. To be a leader, we need to learn to be responsible, to be patient, to be consistent and to have commitment, to be punctual, accurate and accountable and to be the best and always want to produce good work. When we need someone to trust and to count on like a mother, a father, a friend for advice to oversee the things that we can’t see, and a shoulder to lean on, at that time we will need a leader.”

Not only that, other important notes were also mentioned by Professor Mike Hardy when he stated that, “As part of our social being, the physical destruction of our planet includes humanity. Society has practiced a variety of leadership approaches for millennia: situational, inclusive, servant-leadership, transformational leadership and holocracy. In addition to natural resources, we need natural, social, human and economic resources. Sustainability is not just environmentalism, it is also a concern for social equity and economic development.”

Prof. Azra also explained that, “Leadership with Indonesian original identity has to be seen in the eyes of the world, by conveying the strength that Indonesian people have to compete in terms of economics, technology development, human resource management and other things. Misinformation, hoaxes and hate speech are the challenges for Indonesia, especially the media. Even though it’s hard, I am optimistic that Indonesian Media Literacy could develop in a better direction. Productive age or we could say millennial has an important role in forming opinion.”

Prof. Azra continued “Social media is a double-edged sword, so Indonesia’s young generation must be wiser. The role of youth to improve the mass media quality in Indonesia can be expressed through written ideas to solve various problems with their intelligence, knowledge and experience. A good conscience and character, having social responsibility, and caring for the environment are some of the many abilities that the younger generation must have, the younger generation must also start honing in their writing to hone the method of thinking.”

This workshop is one of the series of events held after the International Leadership Association (ILA) Asia Pacific was successfully launched in Bali on June 4th 2022. LSPR also launched LSPR Centre for Leadership (LSCL) on Thursday, 27th May 2022 where its role is to help develop and enhance today’s and tomorrow’s leaders specifically for student leadership capability.