6 Essential Traits of Good Character

6 Essential Traits of Good Character
From Recruiter - December 20, 2016

Article by Jim Rohn

The following are what I believe to be the basics of good character. Miss one of these, and youll find a weak link in your characterone that might be your leaderships undoing.

1. Integrity

Integrity is a good catchword that is similar to character but provides us with a different way of looking at the ideas of character. The root of integrity means whole or undivided, and thats a terrific way to understand what integrity isan undivided life. For example, you dont act one way in one situation and another in a different situation. There is integrity and wholeness to your life. Living this way will build trust in your followers.

Another use of the word integrity that provides insight for us is when the word is used in regard to a physical structure. A wall or a building that is strong and has no cracks is said to have integrity. The same could be said for great leaders.

2. Honesty

It is regularly said that honesty is the best policy, but I would add that honesty is the only policy for great leaders. Think about it. Why do people hedge the truth? Usually for a couple ofbasic reasons: They are either afraid of the ramifications or trying to hide something. Either way, a lack of honesty destroys the trust of those who follow you. Even if you tell them the truth but they know you have lied to others, it will destroy the trust you had with them. They find themselves thinking, If he will lie to them, will he lie to me?

Ive never understood what people hope to accomplish by being dishonest. Eventually people come to know that youre not honest in your dealings, and that is what you become known for. Your reputation is what your leadership is based on, though. When were honest and live transparently before our followers, theyre able to see us for who we are and make solid decisions to follow.

3. Loyalty

People of good character are loyal people. They have a stick-to-it attitude when it comes to others.

Anybody who knows human nature knows that people fail. Its just a matter of time, no matter how talented someone is. A person of good character stays with their friends even in the down times. Anyone can be friends with others when times are good. People of good character stay with their friends when their friends need them most.

How loyaltytranslates into making you a good leader is this: People want to follow a leader who will not only stretch them beyond where they are now, but also allow them to tryand to fail. When we are loyal to our followers, theyll be loyal to us and make every effort to succeed on our behalf and on behalf of the organization. There are few things that strengthen the leader-follower bond more than when a leader shows loyalty to a follower in need.


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