President of the Republic Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa on Tuesday defended at the opening of the academic year at the Air Force Academy what being a leader means “character, personality, competence and consistency🇧🇷
Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa delivered a speech at the opening of the Air Force Academy’s academic year, which took place that day at the No. 1 Air Base in Sintra, addressing “especially those who have just received their swords.”
“From this day begins the longest and most difficult stage. Respect the obligation to the Portuguese Air Force, to the Armed Forces, to Portugal, to match the swordsmen who recognize command and authority, that is leadership”, – said the head of state.
According to the President of the Republic, “to be a leader means to be better as a person, respecting the dignity of each and every one of the others” and to be “better as a citizenat the service of each of those who make up the national community, and with it, humanity.
“It means being the best soldier in using weapons to defend and strengthen the homeland, the rule of law, democracy, freedom, equality, social justice”he decided.
For Marcelo Rebelo de Souza, being a leader “implies character, personality, competence and consistency”.
“An example, complete accessibility and closeness to those and those who should follow you, as well as to those and those who depend on your actions and inactions,” he emphasized.
Regarding the lesson he heard during the ceremony, the head of state said that “it is possible and desirable that democracies continue to demonstrate in many cases greater ability and efficiency, greater speed, greater progress in the use of artificial intelligence than autocracies, despite the democratic process theoretically more complex than the autocratic process.