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“To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; to be credible we must be truthful.” Discuss in the light of relevance of the virtue of truth in Public administration.

Topic: Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in-human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics – in private and public relationships. Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; role of Family society and educational institutions in inculcating values.

7. “To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; to be credible we must be truthful.” Discuss in the light of relevance of the virtue of truth in Public administration. (250 words)

Reference: Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude by Lexicon Publications

Why the question:

The question is based on the importance of the virtue of Truth in general and in particular to Public administration.

Key Demand of the question:

One is expected to explain the statement in question elaborately with suitable examples and substantiate the importance of Truth.

Directive:

Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Start with the definition of the virtue of “Truth”.

Body:

In the answer body first briefly explain the meaning of the statement.

The statement is given by Edward R. Murrow. It suggests that when a person is truthful, we generally consider him/her as good and ethical person. This improves the credibility of person i.e. the quality of being trusted and believed in.

Explain the importance – Trust has honesty at its foundation. Trust accelerates and eases the persuasion process significantly.

One can present the case of Mahatma Gandhi; explain the importance of Truth as a virtue through his viewpoint.

Then give examples to justify the relevance of truth in public administration and better governance.

Conclusion:

Conclude with importance of Truth as one of the key virtues for a successful public administration.