In its run for the whole of September, the LMNP cohort concluded the Leadership, Ethics, and Accountability module last September 27, 2021. The module was developed to foster ethical thinking and leadership among the cohort as they tread their leadership journey in their own organizations. After finishing the module, the cohort is expected to conduct critical discussion, analysis, and decision-making guided by the principles of ethics, leadership, and accountability.
The entire module consisted of four sessions covering topics on: (1) Morality and Ethics in Society; (2) Ignatian Values, Disposition, and the Examen; (3) Introduction to Ethical Frameworks and Value Systems; and (4) Servant Leadership and Accountability. They are facilitated by Ateneo School of Government Core Faculty members, Fr. Pat Falguera, SJ and Mr. Edgardo Valenzuela.
Morality and Ethics in Society
In its first session, Fr. Pat, course facilitator, provided an overview of the module and introduced concepts on ethics and morality. He emphasized rationality, impartiality, and the integration of the two as the heart of ethical discourses by citing examples of prominent people embodying these values.
Ignatian Values, Disposition, and the Examen
The second session, as facilitated by Fr. Pat, focused on the Ignatian principles of interiority, humility, and magnanimity to forge a stronger character formation of the LMNP cohort. At the end of the discussion, the LMNP cohort was tasked to create their own personal code of ethics founded by the said ethical principles which can be their guide in making decisions.
Introduction to Ethical Frameworks and Value Systems
On to the third module, Mr. Ed facilitated the module by discussing various ethical frameworks to develop their sense of ethical leadership. These frameworks allowed the cohort to explore ethical frameworks in order to understand what kind of viewpoint they are using in viewing their service. The discussion involved Virtue Ethics, Duty, Utilitarianism, and Social Justice. He emphasized the key tenets of each framework and how such principles may affect their decision-making process.
Servant Leadership and Accountability
As its concluding lecture, Mr. Ed stressed the importance of transparency, accountability, and participation as pillars of good governance. He enumerated different models for the LMNP to guide them as they make ethical decisions. He also introduced the concept of social accountability which can be achieved through constructive engagement with the people and the government.
he Jesse Robredo Institute for Leadership and Good Governance would like to express its gratitude and appreciation to Fr. Pat and Mr. Ed for sharing their knowledge and expertise with the rest of the LMNP participants.
LMNP is a one-year online fellowship program designed to prepare non-profit professionals in taking on leadership roles that will enable them to effectively forward their organizations’ causes. This program aims to develop and equip them with knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA) in certain areas of leadership, management, and organizational development. Through interactive sessions and workshops, the program aims to create a network of non-profit leaders who will learn to collaborate and work together to solve societal problems.
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