Leadership: The Power of Your Character

As a leader, you’re only as strong as your character, just like a building is only as secure as its foundation. If the foundation isn’t strong enough, the building won’t stand. It won’t matter that the building is high and composed of expensive material; it will fall if it has a weak foundation.

Likewise, it doesn’t matter that you have a grandiose vision; without integrity and character, your vision is unsustainable. Charisma is good, but it can only take you so far; it needs the support of character.

Your character protects you from the pitfalls that threaten every leader: greed, self-aggrandizement, pride, abuse of power, etc.

Your character defines who you are even when no one sees you. Therefore, it’s who you are at the chore.

Your character is demonstrated in what you:

  • think
  • feel
  • say
  • do

Thoughts

You are what you think about most of the time. The types of thoughts you cultivate in your mind affect your character and integrity. Negative thinking erodes your character. A positive and empowering mindset solidifies your character.

Feelings

The way you feel about situations and people influences your character. For instance, cultivating negative emotions towards other people predisposes you not to act in the best interest at heart. Character requires that you discipline yourself to remain humble and foster a genuine love for people.

Words

Your words offer a door to your heart; out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks (Luke 6:45). What comes out of your mouth matters. The leader must speak the truth and remain true to their word. A leader with character keeps his word. Your word is your worth.

Actions

A person of character acts with integrity. They have a moral compass that pushes them to act ethically. They do what they say; their actions are consistent with their words. And what they display in public is aligned with whom they are in private. Leaders with character act in the best interest of others, not in a self-serving way. They serve people rather than manipulate them (so that the people can serve them).

To become a leader with character, you must watch your thoughts, feelings, words, and actions.

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Vladimir Elie

I help people learn and apply success principles and strategies so that they can get the results they want in life.