Character is our most important asset. It identifies our strengths and allows others to follow us because of trust. Being a piece of the rock is more about your tenacity during tough situations, where it is always easier to conform and give in rather than take a stand and lead. Our Character is what inspires confidence and trust not only in ourselves, but with others in us.
The development of character is at the heart of our development not just as leaders, but as human beings. We form our character in defining moments because we commit to irreversible courses of action that shape our personal and professional identities. We reveal something new about us to ourselves and others because defining moments uncover something that had been hidden or crystallize something that had been only partially known. And we test ourselves because we discover whether we will live up to our personal ideals or only pay them lip service.
Developing the Leader in You
- Undertake a process of probing self-inquiry—a process that is more often carried out on the run rather than in quiet seclusion. Dig below the busy surface of your daily life and refocus on your core values and principles.
- Do what you say. Say what you mean. Make sure your actions are in line with your intentions.
- Face your flaws. No one is perfect. Be strong enough to admit your mistakes, ask for feedback and apologize when you have hurt someone or not lived up to expectations.
Do this and begin to make the transition from being a manager to becoming a leader.