Pillars of successful leadership II

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……..continued from yesterday

Character

True, capacity makes you a leader, but character keeps you a leader. Thomas Babington Macaulay said, “The measure of a man’s character is what he would do if he knew he never would be found out”. Sam Shepherd sees character as “an essential tendency. It can be covered up, it can be messed up with, it can be screwed around with, but it cannot be ultimately changed. It is the structure of our bones, the blood that runs through our veins.” Abigail Van Buren said; “The best index to a person’s character is, how he treats people who cannot do him any good; and how he treats people who cannot fight back.”

When we look at these, we see that character, not achievements (due to capacity) KEEP us in leadership. Capacity has done her job to make you of “good repute” in your society, but character will aunthenticate it. Please note that these two qualities are very essential to ideal leadership, hence if you want to sustain ideal leadership, you sustain these two. Stamp them on the tablets of your heart and mind, and do them.

Ask yourself, “would my character and my reputation recognize each other if they met in the dark?” Build capacity and develop character; you must lead!!!

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