2 Character Qualities of Successful Leaders:
A person’s character is the sum of that individual’s attitudes and behaviors drawn from the full spectrum of their life. It is the most important part of each of us. Character qualities are the indispensable foundation of talent, education, and experience. You don’t just get good, strong character. You build it over time and develop character qualities through a series of repeated choices that form your internal core.
Phillip Brooks said, “Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones.”
As leaders, character is particularly important. Character is the foundation of a leader’s desires to serve and cause growth.
2 Important Character Qualities for Leaders:
The character quality of conviction –
Beliefs and convictions are different. Beliefs are a matter of intellect; convictions are a matter of will. Belief says, “I am convinced.” Conviction says, “I am committed.” I hold beliefs in my hand. If the pressure is great enough, if the storm is fierce enough, a belief may be dislodged from my grip and slip away. A conviction, however, is held in the heart. A conviction is wrapped in the control center of life, the central operating system. Character qualities like conviction are stitched into the very fabric of your being. No pressure or storm, no matter how difficult, can destroy our convictions without destroying part of us. I have heard it stated this way, “A conviction is nothing more than a belief with its boots on, ready to do whatever is needed to hold on to it.”
Each of us needs to decide what we believe and the basis of our beliefs. Are those beliefs actually convictions we will not violate, no matter what?
The character quality of courage –
Character is tested in crisis. It is not formed in crisis, it is displayed. Courage is the capacity to live out your convictions even when there is personal cost attached to them. When the pressure mounts, when the heat is on, or when the temptation arises – it’s character time.
Tests of Character Self-Evaluation Questions:
- Do I lie just a little to protect myself or my boss?
- Do I exaggerate product performance to get the sale?
- Do I pad my expense report?
- Do I call in sick, when I’m not really sick, but don’t want to go to work?
- Do I under report my income to the IRS?
- Do I accept “under the table” income?
- Do I show patience with my struggling employee?
Such tests are commonplace. They may seem small, but they are very real and can have significant cost attached to them. The question we need to answer is, “Do I have the courage to live my convictions in spite of potential consequences?”
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