Friday, 08 May 2020 08:59

Crisis reveals what kind of Leaders we Have


In his homily during the 4th Sunday of Easter, also called the Good Shepherd Sunday, last May 3, 2020, Bishop Broderick Pabillo, the Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Manila, laid down that good leader should emulate the characteristics of Jesus the Good Shepherd who lays his life for his sheep.

"The shepherd is the guide, the protector, the healer and the one who gathers the flock. Thus, in the Bible, the leader of the people is presented as a shepherd. The leader of the people whether it be the king, the priest or the officials in the court should be concerned to provide for the people, to protect them from their enemies, to keep them united as a people, and to take care of the weak and the oppressed,” he said.

Most Rev. Broderick Pabillo, Apostolic Administrator of Manila | File Photo of RCAM-AOC

“If the shepherd is good, it goes well with the flock. If the leader is good, it goes well with the nation," he added.

The prelate mentioned that leadership is not limited to prominent leaders alone; it is given to all people who are called to serve others. And the moral authority of a leader is put into question when their motivation is vested with personal interest.

The bishop pointed out that the work accomplished by leaders reveals their priorities, that is if they have set the welfare of their people as their utmost concern. And social media plays an important role in scrutinizing leaders and their priorities.

"This is also true in this coronavirus pandemic. We see what kind of leaders we have not only here in the Philippines but in other countries as well. Not only among political leaders but also among business and religious leaders as well. The consequences of their leadership or lack of it are enormous. It could spell the health and even the lives of their people. Their decisions impact the economic well-being of their constituents. They can make the lives of the people hard or healthy in the long run,” he said.

The Apostolic Administrator urged leaders to be transparent with the people they serve by giving clear instructions and decisions especially during this time where some areas in the country are still under a lockdown or under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

"In times of crisis, people long for leaders who are transparent. They have confidence when they see their leaders doing the right things and there are no hidden agenda behind their decisions. Transparency is very much promoted when the leaders are clear in the instructions and directions that they give," he said. (Hazel Boquiren and Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC) 

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