Character matters

I state in Mutual Aid Leadership that leadership and character are connected.  I am convinced we can teach a person the best leadership principles and use all the modern terms and it will not make a difference unless they are grounded in a life of good character.  We must talk about good character traits if we want to produce effective leaders.  One of my favorite speakers, Dr. Harry Reeder, lists five character traits he thinks are required for good leaders, and I like to talk about these during the seminar.  They are: dependability, integrity, moral purity, civility and humility.  I agree with him; these traits are indispensable.  Good leaders exhibit these traits in everything they do whether at work, at play or at home.

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