An Emic Study on Indigenous Values among Ivatans Fundamental to their Perception of Community Leadership

by Iole Ruth Fulangen De Sagon
Year: 2021
A thesis submitted to the faculty in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree of Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership at the International Graduate School of Leadership Quezon City, Philippines

An Emic Study on Indigenous Values among Ivatans Fundamental to their Perception of Community Leadership

ABSTRACT
This ethnographic study was designed to determine the indigenous values among Ivatans
fundamental to their perception of community leadership. This study yielded a profile of an
Ivatan community leader and was presented as values-based and practical traits. This profile
surfaced the primary Ivatans values involved in choosing their community leaders which is the
main objective of this study. Moreover, these primary Ivatan values showed three aspects of
leadership including personal, public and professional aspects. I also compared these primary
Ivatan values to the description of a transformational leader. Furthermore, this study showed two
other contributing factors that influence the choice of leaders. It also showed a common response
when it comes to doing the campaign in Batanes setting. Results also showed that in choosing
community leaders, Ivatans give importance to the voice of people that matter to them; and at the
same time, enjoy their freedom to have a personal decision to vote. Finally, this study revealed
that the qualities Ivatans seek in a political leader are similar with the qualities they look for in
their religious and other community leaders.

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