"VALUES, not skills, are the key factors determining the impact of professionals on national development in any society."
These were the words of Bevil Wooding, the keynote speaker at a special event organised by the Fiji Chapter of the Global Leadership Interlink in Suva recently.
Mr Wooding, chief knowledge officer of Congress WBN — the Trinidad and Tobago-based parent organisation of the Global Leadership Interlink — said professionals had a unique responsibility to use their expertise and knowledge to positively contribute to the development of their sector as a moral obligation to the wider society.
He addressed a diverse audience of government officials, business leaders, university students and other professionals from the private sector and international development community on the topic 'Role of the Professional in National Development'.
He said for professionals to contribute effectively and positively to national development, they must first see themselves as national leaders.
"I encourage the participants to model the change they want to see in the society by applying the highest standards of diligence and ethical execution and development of their chosen vocation," Mr Wooding said.