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ASIAN LEADERS TALK: 'Effect a change in work ethics and carry out reforms to inspire accountability' says Ramon Magsaysay Awardee Conchita Carpio Morales

Feb 04, 2022
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An epitome of a fearless and indefatigable public servant, former Ombudsman of the Philippines and 2016 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee CONCHITA CARPIO MORALES restored the people's faith in the rule of law.

Through the Asian Leaders Talk, we asked her quick take on transformative leadership and Greatness of Spirit.

RMAF: How do you define transformative leadership?

MORALES: Transformative leadership, from my experience as Ombudsman, meant working with my colleagues and staff beyond mere carrying out our mandate as protector of the people (not the corrupt) by effecting a change in work ethics and carrying out reforms to inspire accountability.

RMAF: How did you overcome some of your biggest challenges?

MORALES: I met some of my challenges by meeting them head on, impervious to the obstacles along the way, and adhering to positive thinking.

RMAF: What was the best advice you have been given?

MORALES: The best advice I received: "Maintain your independence"

RMAF: What differentiates a great leader from a good leader?

MORALES: A great leader is more broad-minded than a good leader.

RMAF: What does the world need more of today?

MORALES: The world today needs peaceful co-existence among countries.


Conchita Carpio Morales receives the medallion during the 58th Ramon Magsaysay Awards Presentation Ceremonies held August 31, 2016. In photo are Ma. Leonor Robredo, Vice President of the Philippines (center) and Ramon del Rosario Jr., Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation Chairman (right).