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The Essential Role of Character in Leadership

Character defines the essence of leadership. It's not merely a requirement for CEOs or political leaders, but a fundamental trait that all individuals should cultivate. Yet, despite its importance, many neglect to continuously improve their character, opting instead for shortcuts and self-serving actions. But it's crucial to remember: there is no shortcut to developing strong character.

Making the Right Choices: A Guide to Character Development

In every interaction and decision, our character is tested. Here are seven critical choices that can help guide our character development:

  1. Patient or Impatient? Be patient. Everyone operates at their own pace. Working with others provides a unique opportunity to demonstrate patience and understanding of different speeds.

  2. Kind or Unkind? Choose kindness. There's never a valid reason to be unkind. Our reactions and interactions should reflect compassion and empathy, irrespective of others' actions.

  3. Arrogant or Humble? Embrace humility. Being humble is not about seeing yourself as less; it's about considering others more. Humility fosters trust and opens up the possibility for genuine connections.

  4. Respectful or Disrespectful? Always be respectful. Even in fast-paced environments where stress can lead to disrespect, maintaining respect is crucial. It speaks volumes about your integrity.

  5. Selfish or Selfless? Act selflessly. Consider what drives your actions—are they self-centered, or do they contribute to the success of those around you? Focusing on collective success builds a strong team spirit.

  6. Forgiving or Unforgiving? Be forgiving. Disappointments are part of human interactions. Holding grudges only leads to bitterness and stalled relationships. Keeping short accounts promotes harmony and understanding.

  7. Committed or Complacent? Show commitment. Leading by example is powerful. Others often gauge their commitment by observing ours. A steadfast dedication can inspire and motivate your team.

Why Character Matters

Our character, combined with our competence, determines the level of trust others place in us. Inconsistent character can undermine team efforts and close doors that might otherwise open. On the other hand, a consistent character fosters opportunities and nurtures relationships.

Need Help with Character Development?

If you're seeking guidance on enhancing your character, I'm here to help. Feel free to reach out via phone at (706) 817-9774 or email me at

Hike On, My Friends,

Jay Thompson


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