Topic: Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance; accountability and ethical governance; strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance; ethical issues in international relations and funding; corporate governance.
7. How do the virtues of trustworthiness and fortitude get manifested in public service? Deliberate. (250 words)
Reference: Ethics by Lexicon Publications
Why this question:
The question is based on the concept of virtues of trustworthiness and fortitude and their relevance in public service.
Key demand of the question:
Explain in what way the virtues of trustworthiness and fortitude get manifested in public service.
Deliberate – Weigh up to what extent something is true. Persuade the reader of your argument by citing relevant research but also remember to point out any flaws and counter- arguments as well. Conclude by stating clearly how far you agree with the original proposition.
Structure of the answer:
Define the virtues of trust and fortitude first. Just complying with law means playing by the rule book and working mechanically showing no human sympathies or concerns.
To start with, one can give examples. Explain that trustworthiness is to win confidence of your subordinate/colleague/friend while fetching some purpose. Fortitude is ability to guide or tell your subordinate/colleague/friend the right path in spite of the fact that this will hurt them mentally and emotionally. But both qualities are sin quo non for public service. Highlight their significance in public services.
Conclude with importance.