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ABS-CBN Univ president tells student leaders: Accept yourself, listen to people

By MARIA EDEN T. DINO

photo by KRISTELA DANIELLA S. BOO

SELF-ACCEPTANCE AND consideration to others are the foundations of an effective leader, the president of ABS-CBN University told Thomasian student leaders in a lecture held Friday.

“You can have all the best skills and the wholesome discipline but it all begins with oneself. […] To appreciate your strengths, […] to acknowledge your weaknesses so that you will be able to do something about them,” Charo Santos-Concio said.

Santos-Concio said understanding oneself is also the key to connect with and understand other people.

“When you have an idea to lead yourself, only then you can lead people. When you are authentic and honest to yourself, then you can be authentic and honest to people,” she explained.

For the ABS-CBN executive, it is her “inward perspective” that allowed her to look upon life’s most “priceless” lessons.

“It is really when I fall down that I learned,” Santos-Concio said. “I forgot that a leader does not just immitate—a leader creates; a leader originates. And how to find the best idea? A leader does not just execute. A leader first listens.”

“Never ever stop honoring your people. Give them voice. People will always be the biggest challenge to leaders. […] And yet, people will also be your biggest asset—your only asset,” she added.

Santos-Concio is the former president of ABS-CBN. She is a television personality and a film producer known for hosting Maalaala Mo Kaya, the longest running television drama in Asia.

The lecture was organized by ABS-CBN and the UST Center for Creative Writing and Literary Studies, together with the Office of Student Affairs and the Office of Public Affairs. F

Erratum: Charo Santos-Concio is the president of ABS-CBN University and is the former president of ABS-CBN. The first version of this story reported that Santos-Concio is the president of ABS-CBN. We apologize for this mistake.

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