“Magaling and Matino” Leaders and Followers
(An excerpt from the message of Prof. Imelda E. Gelera, CAC OIC Dean, during the flag raising ceremony, with the theme, “Transition and Transformation”, sponsored by the College of Arts and Communication on July 13, 2015 at the University Management Center.)
… In this crucial moment of transition, I feel it is just but fitting to read the poem, “The world needs Leaders”.
The world needs Leaders…
Who cannot be bought;
Whose word is their promise;
Who put character above the wealth;
Who possess opinions and a will;
Who are larger than their vocations;
Who do not hesitate to take chances;
Who will not lose their individuality in a crowd.
Who will be honest in small things as well as in great things;
Who will make no compromise with wrong;
Whose ambitions are not confined to their own selfish desires;
Who will not say do it “because everybody else does it”,
Who are true to their friends through good report and evil
report, in adversity as well as in prosperity,
Who do not believe that shrewdness, cunning and hardheadedness
are the best qualities for winning success;
Who are not ashamed or afraid to stand for the truth when it is unpopular;
Who can say no with emphasis, although the rest of the world says yes.
Ladies and gentlemen, any leader can be an embodiment of the leader describe in the poem if we only help and allow him or her to be a leader that we and the world need.
I agree with the late DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo’s statement that a good and effective leader must be both ‘magaling and matino’. But I still believe that having a leader who is ‘magaling and matino’ is not enough to institute meaningful changes. He or she should have the support of equally ‘magaling and matino’ faculty, employees and students whose service to the university is not limited and defined by personal interest. It is only when the leaders and the led are both “magaling and and matino” that our dear UEP which is ‘our font of wisdom, joy and hope’ can metamorphose to greatness. Thank you.”