Right now, I am sitting on a plane, traveling back from my vacation and I am not quite sure if we will have the luxury of getting internet on this flight. So for today’s blog, I am going to bring the heat from the other book that I read each day. “The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth,” by my favorite author on the planet, John C. Maxwell. Maxwell spits out game left and right. So get ready!
Today he is talking about the value of character. He starts to talk about a couple of guys by the name of James Kouzes and Barry Posner, and how they have spent 25 years surveying leaders in virtually every type of organization. Some of the questions they would ask are as follows, “what values, personal traits, or characteristics do you look for and admire in a leader?” The results from those surveys have been strikingly similar, despite geographical location. And, what is the most valued quality in a leader? The answer they received is honesty. Honesty, is the quality that enhances or damages personal reputation.
It comes as no surprise that people want to follow leaders of good character. No one likes to work with someone who is unreliable or inconsistent with his or her daily efforts. Many people across the country focus on his or her professional capacity instead of developing his or her character. This will almost always cost them in the end. Oftentimes people refer to climbing the professional ladder without continually working on your core character like climbing a long extension ladder that lacks the proper support. The higher a person climbs, the more wobbly and unstable it can become, until the person finally falls.
As I scan through my life and the leaders who have made a major impact on who I am today, I cannot help but try and remember ONE SINGLE TIME where that leader led me astray. Where that leader did not stand up for who he or she was even in the toughest positions. Where that leader did not hold him or herself as a person of the highest integrity. Have I seen them make mistakes?
Countless times but they have manned up and held themselves accountable to every instance.
Take a second to think of the life that you are living. Do you work hard to build personal character? Do you tell the truth no matter who is watching and where you are standing? Are you looked at as a person who stands tall even in tough places?
Because here is the bottom line. The more influence you have, the better leader you become. There is no greater quality in this world, which will help build your level influence faster than being a man/woman of integrity! Nothing! So I ask this question in conclusion, what do you stand for?
Willing to stand in tough places, Cram