The Personal Efficacy and Leadership (PEL) Module, under the Master in Public Management major in Development and Security (MPM DevSec) Batch 15, concluded its session highlighting the fundamentals, theories, and essence of leadership to each of the scholars. This session likewise emphasized the importance of being open to various forms of leadership and later decide which among those suits the personality and ability of an individual. Dr. Ma. Olivia Z. Domingo, GSPDM Faculty Member, also reminded the scholars that leadership is a very complex concept; new theories of leadership will emerge that are more adaptive and relevant to current environment and circumstances. However, she emphasized that being grounded on greater self-awareness and designing a suitable leadership plan for oneself will always be the key components in becoming an effective and great leader.
These lessons of leadership were given an international perspective through the Brown Bag Session of GSPDM’s Adjunct Professor Dr. Sung Min Park of Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea. Through this session, Dr. Park was able to discuss his research paper on Public Sector Leadership focusing on the Roles of Political Leadership in Managing Conflict Resolution Initiatives in the Asian Context. This research paper manifested the importance of government’s transparency, specifically information disclosure, in advancing the public trust. Likewise, Dr. Park emphasized that the leaders’ initiative to build and sustain collaborative governance will aid in conflict resolution, whether experienced by local or central government, that became evident in the cases of South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and Thailand.
Overall, the conclusion of PEL module paved way for the scholars to further understand leadership as a key component in advancing growth and development of an organization or country as well as an essential tool in conflict resolutions.