“… she followed power itself instead of risking her life for principles.” Jacqueline Novogratz – The Blue Sweater
In your life has the idea or thought of power taken over your principles or values?
So many people have been caught up in the vortex of power. Power will not release its grip on anyone. Power seeks more power and that in of itself becomes an intoxicating lure capable of destroying values and character. Those who survive the ecstasy of power have strong guides that are reliable and honest.
“While your circumstances are beyond your control, your character is not.”
Helen Keller said, “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”
What is character made of?
It is more than just values. Character is living your values with sincerity. Sincerity is derived from the Latin sincerus meaning clean, pure, sound.
Values that are expressed and lived out in a pure manner demonstrate your character. Values are often associated with a positive moral ethic, truth, honesty, humility, kindness, and patience to yourself and with others. The values that you live determine your character.
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore,
is not an act but a habit.”
Not only is excellence a habit that needs to be developed so are other aspects of our lives. Each postive aspect needs to be nurtured and developed so that it is a habit. It might be integrity, character, honesty, charity, or authenticity, any of these can be cultivated and grown. The question might be do we attempt to do those things that improve our soul. Do we spend enough time developing significance or do we spend our time perfecting success? What is more important to you success or significance?
What is character?
What makes character important?
Where do you find character?
How do you build a lasting character?
Posner and Kouzes the authors of “The Leadership Challenge” surveyed thousands of business and government executives to see what they thought were the most important ‘characteristics’ for a leader.
2. Vision – forward looking
Honesty ranks as the number one character trait that matters more than any other trait. How important do you think honesty is in America today? Do the top leaders act with impeccable honesty? Do leaders in the middle support and make honesty their #1 objective?
The honesty dilemma. Most people would say that being honest is the right thing to do, and at the same time have difficulty executing with honesty during the day. Why is that?
Is there some type of fear that is associated with being honest? What is it? Is it a cultural issue? Is it habit or bad habits that trap us in a web of twists and turns that take truth and mold it to fit in a better way the story we want to be told.
How important is it for a leader to be honest? How important is it for everyone to be honest?