Character

Posts with the ‘Character’ tag

Exposing Your Weaknesses

I frequently see leaders who would rather eat a bug than admit to others they made a mistake or had a weakness. Exposing your own failures is not a sign of weakness. Hiding your failures is! There is not a single person we lead who believes we are perfect.  In fact, when we own up to […]

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Five Truths About A Leader’s Life

Leaders are needed!  People want to be led by leaders who live lives that are consistent with what they claim to be important. I am unashamedly part of the leadership development/consulting industry.  The industry was pioneered by gurus like Zig Ziglar, Brian Tracy, Ken Blanchard and John Maxwell.  They have all provided invaluable tools and […]

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Bad Attitudes – Entitlement and A Cure

“I deserve more!” A lot of dysfunctional attitudes can be traced back to this one statement. It is another way of saying, “I am entitled.” When I am not happy with my day, my week or my life, I can usually trace it back to a feeling of entitlement. The belief that any of us […]

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What is a Leader of Character

“Character is higher than intellect.” ­­– Ralph Waldo Emerson Leadership speaker and author John Maxwell jump-started the trend of defining leadership as influence. I agree with him and the leadership experts (such as Oswald Sanders) whom Maxwell cites as his inspiration. But does that definition go far enough? Does just having influence make someone a […]

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The Confident Leader Vs. The Arrogant Leader

Martin’s reputation for arrogance preceded him. He was assigned to our leadership team whether we wanted him to be there or not. I decided to ignore his reputation and form my own opinions about Martin. I never tried harder to like someone in my entire life.   Unfortunately, the rumors about Martin were accurate. Confidence is […]

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The Character Workout for Leaders

You have to DO what you want to BE!  If you want to BE a Leader of Character, you have to DO what Leaders of Character DO! Today’s video was a short talk given to over 800 people at this year’s Leadercast event. Question: What do you need to start DOing to BE the Leader […]

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The Cure for Our Culture’s Leadership Crisis

I don’t have to convince many people that leadership or the lack of good leadership is plaguing our culture.  Watch politics, read business journals, or see the breakdown of the family unit and it is obvious. But what is the answer?  There is more to improving as a leader than reading a book or going […]

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The First Step To Building My Character

I am not going to candy coat this blog with euphemisms. Let’s just be honest with ourselves and call a spade a spade. A liar tells lies. A coward is too scared to do what is right. An egomaniac puts himself first. When we use a euphemism to describe our behaviors, it is usually a […]

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The Difference Between Criticism & Input

“That’s enough Lieutenant Anderson!” I sat down and stayed quiet for the rest of my battalion commander’s weekly meeting.  I saw the smirk on our operations officer’s face.  As I walked out of the room later, a friendly captain patted me on the back, shook his head and told me not to give up.

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You Can Be An Unethical Rule Follower

I pushed the limits as a cadet at West Point. I marched well over 100 hours of punishment tours during my four years in school. There were a lot of ways to get in trouble, and a lot of rules to tell us what not to do. Every violation of the rules at West Point […]

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