Leadership at its best: MVP takes full responsibility

Posted on April 13, 2010

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Last Holy Week, news broke that business leader and Ateneo alumnus Manuel V. Pangilinan “borrowed” parts of his commencement address to Batch 2010 from well-known personalities like Barrack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Conan O’Brien and J.K. Rowling. Since then, opinions have been divided. Some have supported MVP while some insisted that he be punished for “plagiarism.”

Personally, I believe this: That MVP did not plagiarize. He just TRUSTED the young speech writers who plagiarized. There’s a big difference. And I hope people don’t confuse the two.

Besides, the essence of MVP’s speech, his insights and the life lessons he shared, were undeniably from his own experiences. I believe that’s what we should focus on, learn from, and apply to our own lives.

I admired him more when I saw this quote on Facebook by sportsman and alumnus Chot Reyes, dated April 7, 2010 (caps not mine):

A LOT HAS BEEN SAID AND WRITTEN ABOUT THE MVP SPEECH ISSUE, AND THOUGH
THERE HAVE BEEN A FEW NEGATIVE COMMENTS, THE FEEDBACK HAS
OVERWHELMINGLY BEEN SUPPORTIVE OF MVP. I HAVE JUST ONE THING TO ADD:

WHEN ASKED WHY HE ISN’T DIVULGING OR MAKING PUBLIC HIS SPEECHWRITERS,
MVP SAID, “WHAT FOR? I CAN PROBABLY SURVIVE THIS CRISIS. BUT THEM?
THEY ARE YOUNG AND HAVE A FULL CAREER AHEAD OF THEM. LETTING THEM TAKE THE FALL IS PROBABLY THE EASY WAY OUT. PERO HINDI TAYO GANOON E.”

MVP HAS NOT FIRED THEM.

AMIDST ALL THE ISSUES AND COMMENTS SURROUNDING THE INCIDENT, THIS IS
THE MOST POTENT EXAMPLE OF WHY HE IS MUCH-LOVED AND IMMENSELY
SUCCESSFUL.

THIS IS LEADERSHIP AT ITS BEST.

OUR WIN TONIGHT WAS SPECIALLY DEDICATED TO HIM.

I shall remember this when it’s my time: To be the leader who takes full responsibility.


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