This blog is part of a series focusing on the attributes that lead to a positive assessment of a leader’s character. Each of the positive character attributes contribute in their own way to the ability of the leader to make good, character-based decisions with respect to the actions they take as a leader. The focus for this blog is on courage. Continue reading →
Leaders who act with character have a variety of virtues and values that contribute to their ability to make positive character-based decisions. One of the key attributes of character-based leadership, which seems to get less attention, is humility. Humility is generally defined as “a modest view of one’s own importance”. Individuals who demonstrate humility focus more on others than they do on themselves which is why humility can be such a great character-based leadership attribute. Continue reading →
The past two blogs have focused on the assessment of character using the methodology Fred Kiel introduced in his book entitled “Return on Character”. In the book, character in leadership is based on an assessment of the presence of four universally-accepted moral principles: integrity, responsibility, forgiveness and compassion. We’ve reviewed the impact of responsibility and forgiveness on character. In this blog, we will look at the importance of integrity as it relates to character-based leadership. Continue reading →
In my last blog post, I talked about the importance of nurturing positive character attributes to prepare for moments when our character will be tested. In this blog post we discuss the attribute of clarity of purpose and its ability to enable decisive action.
I remember visiting the John F Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum on a vacation trip to Boston a few years ago. One of the exhibits that was particularly interesting was the exhibit dedicated to the 1960 televised Presidential election debate that saw John F. Kennedy squaring off against his opponent Richard Nixon. This debate was apparently the first election debate ever televised (television was relatively new in 1960) and it enabled the public to see the immediate reactions of each candidate to the questions they were being asked and the challenges they faced from their opponent. Continue reading →
I remember first reading the quote: “adversity builds character”. I thought this was a valuable insight. However, I later came across a revised version of this quote which stated: “Adversity doesn’t just build character, Adversity reveals character”. The distinction really caught my attention. I believe that there is a great truth here. The essence of a leader’s character is not the situations they have been through – it is how they act when challenged by current situations.
As individuals we all demonstrate leadership effectiveness in how we act. The question is: how do leaders nurture positive character attributes to prepare for moments when our character will be tested? The answer lies in the actions we take and the commitments we keep each and every day. As we continually act with good character, it becomes a habit. When the moment of truth comes to test our mettle, our good habits will reveal our good character.