Leaders of Character

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Good Leaders are Good Followers

There should only be one point guard on a basketball team.  If a team is nothing but point guards, that team is due for a losing season. When everyone wants to lead and no one wants to follow, the team is in trouble. Likewise, when nobody plays point guard and everyone is content to be a […]

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Integrity – The Path of Most Resistance

The path of least resistance is often the road to hypocrisy.  The smooth and easy paths in life rarely lead us to living a life of Integrity.  That is why Integrity is so darn hard! I am not a saint. I have chosen the path of least resistance during my lifetime.  When I look back […]

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Helping Other People Grow

If the people around you are not getting better then you need to evaluate if you are truly doing what leaders should be doing. It is a leader’s Duty to help other people reach their potential.  The people on my team and in my family are my responsibility.  If they are not growing, the first […]

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Three Times A Leader’s Feelings Are Irrelevant

The team was sure their boss had emotional issues. “He could fly off the handle at any minute! If he doesn’t like you, your life will be hell. He really has a bad temper.” The leader was losing his team. He called it passion. They called it unpredictable. He did not want to ignore his […]

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Why Do You Want To Be The Leader

“Dave, my goal is to do your job someday.” Debbie confidently stated. My response was one word:  “Why?” Too many people look at moving into leadership and moving up the chain of command as the definition of success at work.  I wanted to be clear to Debbie that climbing the career ladder for climbing sake […]

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Using Positivity To Get Things Done

In 2015, the first female graduates of the Army’s Ranger School set an example for all of us for Positivity and getting things done. They overcame unique obstacles as trailblazers in what has been an all-male enterprise. Plus, they overcame the traditional obstacles that have stopped generations of would-be male Rangers from earning the title […]

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Character On Display

Imagine what it would be like to be led by a person who understood what Duty is and then did their Duty.  Duty is not a term used outside of the military very often.  But if more people did their Duty, our workplaces and our lives would be significantly different. What is Duty in 12 […]

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Listening is a Character Issue

We all know “that guy” we want to run from at cocktail parties. The one who dominates every conversation. The one who talks about himself, his accomplishments, his week, his children, his work, his boss, his whatever. The one who always seems to have a story to top yours. When you break it all down, […]

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Integrity and Unethical Rule Followers

At West Point, as in many organizations, there are rules and regulations people must follow. But what West Point realizes and that many organizations fail to consider is that we can all be unethical rule followers. Just because we do not break the law or a corporate regulation does not make us a person of […]

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Why Leaders Don’t Get Better

Leaders of Character Say, “I always have room to grow” One of the true marks of a humble leader is that he is not the same leader he was twelve months ago. The arrogant leader is stagnant. His way of leading does not change. Some people even boast about not changing their style or methods. […]

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