8 Manhood Lessons from Jesse Robredo’s Life
1. Lead at Work but also Lead at Home
“Si Jess po was a regular husband, a regular father. Hindi siya secretary, hindi siya Mayor pag sa bahay, Busted lights, plumbing, sirang telephone, hinihintay siya non. Hinihintay siya non,” – Leni Robredo
2. Leadership is not about you but about serving others.
In April 2006, Newsbreak asked him to complete this sentence: “If I were President…” He replied, almost instantly that you knew he had thought this over before: “I will drastically change the allocation of government resources to favor local governments. I will make LGU leaders accountable to their constituents in a measurable way.”
– taken from http://www.rappler.com/thought-leaders/11232-jesse-robredo-if-i-were-president
“May sariling buhay ang misis ko. Hindi ’yan asawa lang ng mayor. Alam niya ang gusto niyang gawin.”
4. A real man knows there is no room for entitlement.
He is simple and humble in his ways. He wears the city government uniform to work. He is in his office before eight o’clock in the morning. He goes around without bodyguards, and he does not believe he is entitled to special perks just because of his office. He lives very modestly as his house and office would reveal. – Jill Robredo
5. First Man In, Last Man Out.
He is always the last man on the street during typhoons, making sure that people are safe, and the first one to shovel the mud out of the city after the floods.
6. Don’t let Power and Fame Intoxicate You.
In 1998, after serving his third consecutive term as mayor of the city, he stepped down quietly, ignoring suggestions for him to seek higher office or perpetuate himself in power by asking a family member to run in his stead.
7. Small is Big.
No deed is too small nor too big if it makes other people’s burden lighter and their lives better; that greatness of spirit can be achieved not through wealth, power or popularity, but by living your life with quiet dignity and by becoming a man for others.
8. Your Relationship with Jesus is important.
“Alam ko that he lived a full life. He fulfilled all his dreams,” she said. “I think he was prepared to face the Lord. Handang handa ‘yon.” – Leni Robredo
“Si Jess po was a regular husband, a regular father. Hindi siya secretary, hindi siya Mayor pag sa bahay,” she said. “Busted lights, plumbing, sirang telephone, hinihintay siya non. Hinihintay siya non,” she said.