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Governance, ethics and leadership in Papua New Guinea – a personal perspective

Leadership Government accountability Public sector Political ethics Governance Public sector leadership Papua New Guinea

This paper, in two parts, revolves around personal and practical experiences acquired over the years in the author's capacities as a public servant and private citizen in PNG.

"In part 1 of this blog, I described some of the challenges in Papua New Guinea (PNG) today: the way custom can conflict with state law; the difficulties in upholding elements of our con­stitution that relate to equality; and what happens if we allow our institutions to be weak and ineffective. I also described how I think we can fix these problems — by respecting the rule of law, the constitution and democracy. But in this second part, I wish to focus on ethical leadership and give some examples from my career which I think show how leaders can act in ethical ways when confronted with difficult situations.

While I am no expert on ethical leadership, I can share a few personal examples of some of the most difficult decisions I have had to make in an effort to demonstrate ethics and ethical leadership in practical terms."

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