Good morning. I am task this morning to share to you about the challenge that I believe is confronting the youth worldwide. I believe it’s a challenge that we need to respond to. The political and economic arena is becoming clearer that the youth are ever needed to make important political decisions that would have far reaching consequences to the the world over. I’ll share to you about governance and how it appears to be of great challenge to us. I then would have to discuss the leadership implications of it even as we the youth would grow to occupy positions of leadership. The challenge of governance is a leadership challenge.
UNDP Governance Characteristics: • Participation - All men and women should have a voice in decision-making, either directly or through legitimate intermediate institutions that represent their interests. Such broad participation is built on freedom of association and speech, as well as capacities to participate constructively. • Rule of law - Legal frameworks should be fair and enforced impartially, particularly the laws on human rights. • Transparency - Transparency is built on the free flow of information. Processes, institutions and information are directly accessible to those concerned with them, and enough information is provided to understand and monitor them. • Responsiveness - Institutions and processes try to serve all stakeholders. • Consensus orientation - Good governance mediates differing interests to reach a broad consensus on what is in the best interests of the group and, where possible, on policies and procedures. • Equity - All men and women have opportunities to improve or maintain their well-being. • Effectiveness and efficiency - Processes and institutions produce results that meet needs while making the best use of resources. • Accountability – Decision-makers in government, the private sector and civil society organizations are accountable to the public, as well as to institutional stakeholders. This accountability differs depending on the organization and whether the decision is internal or external to an organization. • Strategic vision - Leaders and the public have a broad and long-term perspective on good governance and human development, along with a sense of what is needed for such development. There is also an understanding of the historical, cultural and social complexities in which that perspective is grounded.
Let me start by telling you that leaders are not born. After all, the basic definition of leadership is “ influence ” according to John Maxwell. And it has been estimated by sociologist that even the most introvert individual can influence at least 10,000 in his or her lifetime. So we have to throw out the window every fear or intimidation that we have of the word leadership. See we have this misconception that leadership is only for those in power, those of political influence in society, or those taking management courses.
But let me tell you today that society is in overwhelming shortage of leaders in all areas be it in school, in government, in business, and even in the families. Just look around and observe how messy the world has because of this shortage in leadership. And because of this shortage, ladies and gentlemen, let me tell you that every one of you listening today, are called to fill the vacuum, and if you just make a decision to rise up to the call to leadership you’ll surely find yourself in a position of leadership.
But leadership as influence is a rather very neutral definition and it wouldn’t lead us to be the leaders that truly make an impact in the lives of people. We have to give flesh to what leadership is and give it a normative definition or the “what ought to be” of leadership. See i wanna share to you this afternoon what i term as the CSI of leadership. I deliberately use the acronym as a diagnostic concept to leadership so we can easily characterize qualities of leaders and our very own qualities as we progress in our growth in leadership.
Competence The first aspect of leadership which most of us are familiar with involves the person’s level of competence. Competence is an aggregate, a general word that entails knowledge and technical know-how, skills or intellectual ability on a particular subject matter . See, our knowledge, our skills, and proficiency, say in engineering, or nursing, or in law, or in any other courses that we’re taking would allow us a level of competence that would land us in leadership position because of our expert knowledge on the field. People follow us and trust us because they know that we know what we’re doing and if we’re really good at what we’re doing we become supervisors, chief nurse, or chief engineer or partner in a law firm or general manager of the firm or company. See, this is what i am telling you guys that in all aspects of life or field of endeavor, there is a challenge for leadership. But more than a challenge, we should see that as an opportunity. And one thing that we need to do is to develop the competence in our respective fields. This is what we are here in school for
To develop competence, we need the value of self-discipline. According to late President Roosevelt, when we look at the lives of leaders and great men in history, only one quality stands out, and that is self discipline. By self-discipline , we have mastered the art of selective attention and focused life, to identify our goals and set the best possible path towards achieving them. Leaders operating on the level of competence achieve a great deal of efficiency. Efficiency involves doing things rightly. When we have high efficiency, we are able to work faster and accomplish more since we have the knowledge of the process and the discipline to look into details as well as knowledge of political dynamics and science of management. Operating in the level of competence is highly associated with the concept of power . That is, to be able to have control over self and others to achieve the goals.
Competence is quintessential to effective, deep-impact leadership . But, it is incomplete in itself. It doesn’t say for which the competence would be used. It can be used to achieve good or to achieve evil. See, Filipinos are so competent that we are sought for worldwide, but we are also so competent in corruption that not so many get jailed or fired from positions. In fact corruption has been imbedded in our culture that we are openly expectant that politicians would naturally have to engage in corruption to propel themselves into the next election. This leads us to the importance of the next aspect of leadership. I first would like to mention the I in the CSI of leadership to give impetus to the S later on being the hinge-pin of the two.
Integrity I ought to have used character in place of integrity, but i thought that character in itself can sometimes denote so much neutrality such that we may say that one has bad or good character. And even in literature, for example, we speak of classification of characters as protagonists being the heroes or heroines, or the antagonists as villains or perhaps some twists in character from hero/heroine to being the villain. See, i would like to use the term integrity to denote and connote “ positive enduring character ” as a requisite of leadership
Positive , to denote normative moral dimension, meaning that it is good and inclined towards good, and enduring because, it is an integral part of every decision-making and is very stable and uncompromising no matter how much the bribe or no matter how tempting the situation is. Integrit y denotes wholeness of the positive character or attitude that we may ascribe an effective leaders. Integrity is a state of being whole, unified . When one has integrity, what he says and does matches. He or she walks the talk. Traits like trustworthiness, honesty, kindness, having the right attitude even in difficult times, these are marks of integrity and dependability of the leader. Among these character trait would be the responsibility. According to Spiderman, with great power comes great responsibility . Responsibility allows the leader to push it through the finish line for every task or goal that he set for himself and the organization or team no matter what the obstacles are and is keen on realizing that he has power at his disposal for a purpose not for himself.
The integrity of leadership allows the leader the capacity and power to do the “right thing” instead of merely doing things the right way (which is the operative dimension of competence).
Now, while one may have the competence and the character but what lies at the heart of leadership and for which leadership positions have been ultimately created for is service. Service is the hinge-pin of leadership on which both competence and integrity revolves . That is why we have the term Servant leadership to speak about the kind of effective, deep-impact leadership we’re trying to describe. A servant-leader is a servant first before he is a leader. In a way, a Servant-leader is a servant who is a leader . But, for me, it is rather redundant because when we speak of leadership, it in itself entail servanthood since positions of leadership whether in the present societies and even in ancient’s, were created because there was a dire need. Societies and civilizations necessitated some people who could serve the entire interest of the people and not their own interest to lead the communities of people to accomplish some collective interests. One who operates on the level of service values and is motivated by compassion and love . That is why a servant-leader listens and are naturally empathic about what others feel and have to say and thereby realizes and extracts the good ideas and creativity that each one can contribute.
What is Governance?The exercise of political, economicand administrative authority tomanage a nation’s affairs. Comprisesthe complex array of mechanisms,processes, relationships andinstitutions through which citizens andgroups articulate their interests,exercise rights and obligations andmediate differences (UNDP1997).
What GovernanceImplies?The exercise of authority isuppermost in government andremains significant in governance,but is no longer its single focus.
What GovernanceImplies?Power in governance is not so muchwielded as shared, and authority isdefined not so much by the controlof the ruler as by the consent andparticipation of the governed.
What GovernanceImplies?In traditional parlance, governmentrules and controls, but in a state ofgovernance, it orchestrates andmanages.
What GovernanceImplies?Power rests on the trust the playershave on the director and on eachother. Because built on trust,transparency in the conduct ofgoverning is essential. Laws still bindall, but they are laws they had a partin bringing about.
What GovernanceImplies? is an act of leadership, All governingof moving a society towards apreferred direction. Whilegovernment can have a connotationof being interested only inmaintenance and in preservingpeace and order, governanceimplies leadership toward societaldevelopment.
Elements ofGovernance1. Participation2. Transparency and Accountability3. Rule of Law4. Strategic Vision5. Responsiveness6. Effectiveness and Efficiency
Why YouthParticipation?1.Youth comprises majority of population worldwide.2. The future belongs to the youth of today.3. Future leaders of organizations would come from the campuses.4. The youth is in the frontlines of technological development (web, IT, e- governance)5. The youth are the drivers of innovations in society.
The Challenge toGovernance is aLeadership Challenge
2. Integrity POSITIVE, ENDURING CHARACTER “Positive”--inclined to good, and noble conduct “Enduring”--it is stable across any circumstance or situation “Character”--attitudinal
2. Integrity State of being whole, unified. Capacity and power to “do the right thing” instead of merely doing things the right way (which is the realm of competence”
Do nothing out of selfish ambition orvain conceit, but in humility considerothers better than yourselves. Eachof you should look not only to yourown interests, but also to theinterests of others. (Php 2:3-4)
While competence givesprime importance to“power and control” toefficiently accomplish tasksand goals, integrity values“respect” and seeks toachieve it among persons...
3. Service Whoever would be first among you must be servant of all. (Mk 10:42-44; Mt 20: 25-28)
3. ServiceService is the hinge-pin of leadership onwhich both competence and integrityrevolves.we have the term “Servant leadership” tospeak about the kind of effective, deep-impact leadership