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6) Discuss the following concepts: Persuasion Perseverance Fortitude(250 words)

Topic: Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration.

6) Discuss the following concepts:

  1. Persuasion
  2. Perseverance
  3. Fortitude(250 words)

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Why this question:

One has to discuss the three terms in detail with relevant examples.

Key demand of the question:

The answer is straightforward and is about discussing the concepts in detail.


DiscussThis is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:


Begin with brief introduction on the need for these virtues in one’s ethical behaviour.


Discussion should include the following:

  • persuasion is a process aimed at changing a person’s (or a group’s) attitude or behaviour toward some event, idea, object, or other person(s), by using written, spoken words or visual tools to convey information, feelings, or reasoning, or a combination thereof.
  • Perseverance: Perseverance is showing persistence and courage towards achieving a goal despite several challenges and difficulties. For example E Sreedharan, the metro man, displayed perseverance while completing the Delhi metro project before the stipulated time. Similarly, it was the perseverance of Mahatma Gandhi and other freedom fighters that helped India achieve independence.
  • When someone has fortitude it means that they have emotional power or reserves and the ability to withstand adversity. People who have fortitude are described in an admiring way for their courage and this word comes from the Latin word fortitudo, meaning “strength.”


Conclude by reasserting their importance.