The Coates Perspective for April 10, 2013
“Steering Organizations To New Horizons.”
Character is Everything
When I sit down with the leader of an organization it does not take long to discover those who have character and those who do not. It’s not always what they say, but it’s what they do. It is how they treat people when they have all of the power. It is being the same person behind the closed door as on the sales floor. It is when their word is their bond.
Having good character is crucial for the success of every leader. It was the great general Norman Schwarzkopf who claimed, “Ninety-nine percent of leadership failures are failures of character.” There are many leaders who attempt to take ill-advised shortcuts when it comes to having solid character. If a person is not wiling to take the necessary steps of integrity, then he or she will never experience personal growth as a leader.
So here is the take-a-way for the leader who desires to create a habit of excellent character. How is it done? This is what I teach leaders who wish to learn how to possess good character:
1. Your character grows when you tell the truth. If you make a promise to do something, then stick with it. Your word must be your bond.
2. Your character grows when you give your life away. We are placed on this earth for a greater reason than thinking we are the center of it. People who help people have tapped into the great secret of the power of serving others.
3. Your character grows when you live an authentic life. Everyday will be a test of your character. Will you tell the truth or embrace the lie? Will you be true to yourself or will you try to be someone you are not?
You’ve read my perspective. Now, I’d love to hear yours. What are you thinking? How do you cultivate good character in your organization?
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