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Chief Justice Puno speech on transformational leadership

Chief Justice Puno speech on transformational leadership

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Speech of Chief Justice Reynato Puno before the Philippine College of Physicians on May 5, 2009 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia, Pasay City
Speech of Chief Justice Reynato Puno before the Philippine College of Physicians on May 5, 2009 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia, Pasay City

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Healing the Healers: Doctors as Transformational Leaders
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by
Chief Justice Reynato S. Puno
Supreme Court
Allow me first to clear the deck by thanking the Philippine College of Physicians (PCP), especially Dr. Eugenio Jose F. Ramos, your Vice-President and overall Chair of the Organizing Committee, for inviting me todeliver the keynote address on the occasion of PCP’s 39
th
AnnualConvention. I note that previous speakers for the A.G. Sison MemorialLecture consisted of distinguished leaders -- both local and foreign -- andeven included Dr. Peter C. Doherty, the 1996 Nobel Prize winner inmedicine. This illustrious tradition certainly leaves me big shoes to fill, and Ihope that my humble attempt will not disappoint.I am truly privileged to have been chosen as the A.G. Sison MemorialLecturer for 2009, for Dr. Antonio Sison’s accomplishments are nothingshort of extraordinary. He was the personal physician of two PhilippinePresidents, Manuel Quezon and Manuel Roxas. At various points in time, hewas the President of the Philippine Medical Association and the Universityof the Philippines. Dr. Sison also served as Dean of the U.P. College of Medicine. His fourteen-year deanship is, in fact, now remembered as the“Renaissance Period of Medicine” because of his commitment to theimprovement of medical education. A steadfast nationalist, he was likewisedeeply involved in the affairs of our country. Truly, Dr. Sison may have long
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Delivered before the Philippine College of Physicians, May 5, 2009, 39
th
Annual Convention, SMXConvention Center.
 
 
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passed on to the next life, but his leviathan reputation -- as accomplishedphysician, excellent educator, and man of strong moral fiber -- lives on tothis day.I note further that Dr. Sison’s family is no stranger to the law. Hisdaughter-in-law, Teresita Cruz Sison, was the first woman President of thePhilippine Bar Association; and, for seventeen years, was the NationalTreasurer of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines. More significantly, shehas the distinction of being a three-term Member of the Judicial and BarCouncil, the constitutionally created body that recommends appointees forvacancies that may arise in the Supreme Court and other lower courts. Justlike her father-in-law, Atty. Cruz Sison is made of strong mettle as tointellect, honor, and moral constitution.It is in this light that I commence this address, ever mindful of thelong shadow cast by these individuals. Your invitation came at a time whenmy call for a moral force had started to reach the domain of publicconsciousness. I have been requested to speak on how you, as doctors, canfind the best fit in the overall scheme of the Moral Force Movement.Let me proceed from the premise that “moral decadence” is gravelyendangering the country and its institutions – undermining its stability,threatening its security, preventing its development, and making goodgovernance very difficult, if not impossible. We cannot shrug off thesobering statistics of Transparency International’s 2008 CorruptionPerception Index, showing that the Philippines came in 141
st
among 180
 
 
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countries as among the most corrupt – having the same rank as Iran, Yemenand Cameroon. Just two days ago, a group from Norway came out with astudy that for year 2008, we earned the dubious distinction of having themost number of citizens displaced as a consequence of the Moro IslamicLiberation Front (MILF) rebellion in the South.These are two sure signs of a state teetering on the brink of failure.Given this factual backdrop, we called for a moral force to facilitate themoral formation and transformation of the individuals who make up ourinstitutions. This moral force intends to make our moral and ethical virtuesas Filipinos the building blocks in rebuilding our country. There cannot beany argument, no ambivalence, on what these moral virtues are. These arethe moral virtues already cast in stone in our Constitution: dependence onAlmighty God; a government of the people, by the people and for thepeople; the rule of law and not the rule of greed; social justice for the poorand the powerless; and honesty in public and private life, to name a few.There can be no hedging about these moral virtues because we haveconstitutionalized them and we have ratified them as a people.At the core of the Moral Force Movement is the concept of 
transformational leadership
, a theory introduced by James McGregorBurns in 1978, further developed by Bernard Bass in 1985, and expoundedon by several other leadership and management theorists. This is aleadership that is visionary, inspiring and daring,
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one that challenges thestatus quo even if the defenders of the latter’s stench spurn its callers with
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See
http://www.strategosinc.com/leadership_transformational.htm, last retrieved on April 30, 2009. 

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