A two-day training on Communication and Leadership held last week for Bulacan local government officers, emphasized competencies for effective governance. The participants appreciated its offering at this time when the nation is undergoing change and transition to a new leadership.
The training, the first in a series, is based on a Course Module prepared by the Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication with support from UNESCO. The Module and Approach used in the training is based on the participants' roles and functions and how they intend to use information and communication in a regular work day or week period.
The Module examines the effective leadership as a function of communication.
This, through a more informed understanding of change and the kind of leadership environment needed, the styles and values of transformative leadership, how a vision is shaped through communication and how to communicate this vision, and the concept of "servant leadership".
The communication aspects of good governance are demonstrated through transparency and accountability.
Here, policies and practices in the use of ICT and other communication resources, and their ethical dimensions of these resources, are explored. Techniques in effective communication - the power of the Image, skill in feeling the public pulse, active listening, and generating the most critical element - public trust, through information and communication, are among the skills areas integrated in the course. The art of dialogue, listening, facilitating and mediating, are processes that build the kind of "social capital" essential in peace-building.
Oftentimes, we take communication for granted, since we use it and deal with it everyday. But what we may not realize is that bad practices such as secrecy and hoarding of information, authoritarian modes - lack of consultation and participation, lack of empathy and sensitivity, to name a few, result in undesired outcomes such as corruption, conflict, and distrust.
The absence of shared values and consensus on goals or visions become manifest in low productivity and "kanya-kanya" or "tayo-tayo" mindsets - whether in business organizations or farm communities. …