Qualities To Look For In A President

In this entry, I would like to discuss the qualities I am looking for in the next President of the Republic of The Philippines.

  1. Academic Excellence
    It is important that we choose a leader who has educated himself/herself well, so that he/she is equipped with the knowledge and leadership skills that he/she needs in assessing our country’s issues. With that keen mind, he/she will be able to think clearly and to understand what is not obvious. It comes with a critical mind that he/she will be able analyze each plan of action before doing it and will be able to foresee the consequences or events that will succeed from it. Our leader does not have to be fluent in English, he/she just has to be very fluent in our language, which is Filipino. If you take a look at Japan, South Korea, and other countries who are doing well, they have their own translators and it doesn’t hinder their country from progressing.
  2. Moral Excellence
    The quality of doing what is right and avoiding what is wrong. Our leader should not be tempted into doing evil things that could lead to the suffering of our country (e.g. Graft & Corruption). Our leader should possess patience and tolerance as well. If we choose someone who has this as one of their qualities, we’d be lucky as to he is mindful of what to do in all situations. Not only will he/she be honest with his actions, but he/she would be able to admit when he/she is at fault.
  3. Nationalism
    I believe that this a very important quality that we should look for in a candidate. Our country is the Philippines, therefore our leader should be a Filipino, inside and out, no more and no less. Our next leader should possess an unwavering love for our country like Dr. Jose P. Rizal. Like Rizal, he or she may sacrifice some events in his life for the sake of his Motherland but won’t blame it on the Filipinos. If he or she loves our country, I am sure all his/her decisions would be for the benefit of our country.
  4. Transparency
    It is important that the next President of the Philippines must not be afraid of showing important records such as those related to health, bank accounts, taxes and etc. when asked to. Our next president should basically not be corrupt.
  5. Unbiased
    I placed this as  a quality because I believe it’s important that the next President should set his or her opinions off when it comes to tricky situations or issues. He or she should not blame past administrations and fellow politicians for the misgovernment as he or she was part of it as well. I’m looking for a candidate who will not side on to people and bully others just so they look good or get the people’s admiration.
  6. Strong Work Ethic
    This quality is a no-brainer because our next leader should really be hard working in fixing the issues in our country, one by one. It is a given that it won’t be easy and that it does not solely depend on the government itself, but also the citizens to fix our issues and progress in our country. When they have this quality, they embody certain principles that guide their work behavior, leading them to produce high-quality work consistently and without the prodding that some individuals require to stay on track.

Sources: Schreiner, Erin. “Five Characteristics Of A Good Work Ethic”. Smallbusiness.chron.com. N.p., 2016. Web. 6 Apr. 2016.

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