The National, Thursday 01st December 2011
By DULCIE OREKE
PAPUA New Guinea will develop if youths live out their identities as servant leaders, Governor-General Sir Michael Ogio says.
He said servant leadership required people to set aside their personal gains, make sacrifices and put the needs of others above the direction “we may prefer for ourselves”.
Speaking at Don Bosco Technical School yesterday, he said the graduating class would leave the school and enter another chapter in their lives either at tertiary institutions or work in other industries.
Ogio said during the national election, PNG would encounter people who were highly ambitious with the main motive of getting into a position where they would gain rewards.
“This is the complete opposite of your identity as products of Don Bosco Technical School. One generation at a time, we can replace traditional autocratic and hierarchical leadership with character-centered servant leadership,” he said.
He said youths were the country’s future in a time of rapid change and development.
“You can be the agent of change through the decisions you make,” he said.
Ogio said the decisions made by the graduates should reflect the leadership style they had learnt in school.
“When it is your turn to lead in your different industries, schools and communities and families, become servant leaders,” he said.
It was a big day for more than 100 graduates, parents and guardians who came to witness the ceremony.