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The Character of the Leader

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Thursday, August 17th, 2023

“What is character? Character is most clearly exhibited in people who have a strong sense of right and wrong. They do not take the unethical shortcut and are conscientious to ensure that no one is being cheated, including the company. Character is morality or uprightness; a person of character lives by ethics he or she embraces.

Another element of character is represented in a person’s compassion for others and concern with the meaningful areas of life, such as faith, family, country, community service, and caring for others. Lastly, a person who has character is someone whose life is marked with virtues (p. 84-85).”

From: Causey, C. (2021). Candor: the secret to succeeding at tough conversations. (e-book edition). Chicago: Northfield Publishing. 

Questions for reflection:

  • How do you define charater?
  • Why does character matter in leadership?
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