PNoy shares what true leadership really Means
Jesuit-run Ateneo de Manila University was visited by President Aquino during yesterday’s 40thanniversary of the Ateneo Professional Schools, giving the president a chance to describe what he believed was the ideal leader.
In a speech directed to students pursuing masters and PhDs, Aquino used the school’s motto ‘Lux in Domino’ (Light in the Lord) to give the audience an idea of what it takes to be a leader: ‘Para sa akin, para maging isang mahusay na pinuno na magsisilbing gabay sa paglalakbay ng sambayanan, hindi puwedeng matalino ka lang o maraming karanasan.
‘Kailangan, malinaw rin sa iyo kung ano ang tama at mali.’
As a light, leaders must know the difference between what is wrong and what is right and guide his followers in the correct direction.
He cited the changeable opinion that Ateneo had at the height of ex-Chief Justice Corona’s impeachment trial. Aquino challenged the audience, asking ‘Parang mahirap namang maging tanglaw kung maya’t maya ay pabago-bago ang direksyon, di po ba?’
Aquino added that to avoid being inconsistent with one’s principles, leaders must not act alone. They must be humble enough to accept the help and expertise of others. This is what he called ‘man for others’ or ‘tao para sa kapwa.’ He added ‘marami kang magagawa kung makikipagtulungan ka sa iba.’
The president didn’t hesitate to reveal that he often sought advice from his former professors in Ateneo and that often they provided the key to some of the hardest decisions he had to make.
‘Di po ba, mas maliwanag ang pagtanglaw ng mga indibidwal na ilaw kapag pinagsama-sama?’