Explain the importance of following attributes with respect to the civil services: (a.) “Adaptability” (b.) “Activism” (c.) “Innovation” (d.) “Courage”.


(a) Adaptability
• It is the ability to change or be changed in order to deal successfully with the new situations. Though some individuals allow adversity to bend or break their spirits, other quickly adapt to their surroundings and surmount the opposition.
• The ability to adapt and make the best out of the difficult situations is a sure test of greatness. When encountering opposition, successful people find ways to rise above and make the best of circumstances.
• This is equally applicable to the Civil servants. They should be flexible enough to adapt to various stressful and changing situations. It is essential to enable them to do their duties efficiently in varying situations. Their frequent change of place and work requires adaptability.

(b) Activism
• It signifies a bold, fearless and upright civil servant.
• A civil servant must have a moral character and strength of conviction to actively pursue the common good, particularly when his perception is at variance with that of his political master.
• His obligation to the state, the values and principles manifested in the Constitution must override his loyalty to the government of the day.
• He should actively work for the maintenance of transparency and accountability in the system.

(c) Innovation
• It is the introduction of new things, ideas and ways. The act of innovation can generate many emotions. It can bring agony, sweat, tears and exhaustion. But it can also bring great thrills, satisfaction and joy. But innovation does not come without a price.
• Innovation is needed at various stages. It makes the civil services generate new ideas and thoughts which can then be put into action by civil servants and they can be trained through various innovative programs.
• Innovation helps the civil servant to improve his performance and overall performance of the team. Every scheme of the government is a beautiful example of innovation.

(d) Courage
• Courage is not the absence of fear, but the awareness that something else is more important. Courage can be displayed in heroic, visible ways or in quiet, private battles where we fight attempting to conquer inner fears. Courage most often requires us to step out, – out from our comfort zones, out from our doubts and out into uncharted waters.
• Civil servants should be non-fearful and courageous to show heroism at times. There are times when the civil servants are expected to manage their fears.
• It is seen that courage during difficult situations is something that is considered an essential attribute of civil services. Civil servants are also required to display courage against illegal pressures whether it is from political executive or from their own seniors. The whole team respects such civil servants only.

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