A Man's Character May Be Learned From The Adjectives Which He Habitually Uses In Conversation
What is a character?
On its face, “character” is a morally neutral term. Every person, from iconic scoundrels like Hitler and saints like Mother Teresa, have a character. We use the term character to describe a person’s most prominent attributes, it is the sum total of the features and traits that form an individuals' nature. A person with “good character” when To say a person has a good character or even to admire a person’s character does not require that they are perfect but it does mean we think this is a good person worthy of trust and admiration. So when we say someone has a good character we are expressing the opinion that his or her nature is defined by worthy traits like integrity, courage, and compassion. People of good character are guided by ethical principles even when it’s physically dangerous or detrimental to their careers, social standing, or economic well-being. They do the right thing even when it costs more than they want to pay. No one is born with a good character; it’s not a hereditary trait. And it isn’t determined by a single noble act. Character is established by conscientious adherence to moral values, not by lofty rhetoric or good intentions. Another way of saying that is, the character is ethics in action.
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 that’s a terrific way to help us understand what integrity is—an undivided life. For example, you don’t 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.
Character plays an essential role in Personality Development
Remember personality development is not only about looking good and wearing expensive brands. It is also about developing one’s inner self and being a good human being. More than anyone else, you are answerable to yourself. Do not do anything which you yourself are not convinced of. An individual is nervous only when he is ashamed of what he is doing. Character is something which an individual is born with and seldom changes with time as against behavior. Honesty is an individual’s inherent character which would never change irrespective of his/her situation or circumstance. Would you steal or cheat others just because you do have enough savings with you at the moment? Absolutely NOT — It is just NOT there in your blood.
A person with a good character finds acceptance wherever he goes and respected by all. Character includes traits such as:
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 few basic reasons: They are either afraid of the ramifications or they are trying to hide something. Either way, a lack of honesty results in the fact that you destroy 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?”
I’ve never understood what people hope to accomplish by being dishonest. Eventually, people come to know that you’re not honest in your dealings, and that is what you become known for. Your reputation is what your leadership is based on, though. When we’re honest and live transparently before our followers, they’re able to see us for who we are and make solid decisions to follow.
People of good character don’t mind leadership. In fact, they welcome it. This is the act of allowing others to have a say in your life, to speak to you straight about your life and conduct. The brutal truth is that we have blind spots and need other people to be in close to us so we can advance down the road of success. The need for accountability doesn’t prove lack of character. Rather, it proves the presence of character. G.K. Chesterton said, “Original sin is the only philosophy empirically validated by 3,500 years of human history.” The person of good character knows this and invites others to speak into their life.
Followers grow tired of leaders who will have nothing to do with accountability. They don’t mind leaders who make mistakes, but they do mind leaders who don’t take responsibility for their mistakes by being accountable. When we allow ourselves to be held accountable, our followers know that we are serious about keeping our own house in order, and thus will do a good job in leading the rest of the organization.
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. It’s just a matter of time, no matter how talented someone is. A person of good character stays with their friends even in the downtimes. Anyone can be friends with others when times are good. People of good character stay with their friends when they need them most. How this translates into making you a good leader is this: People want to follow a leader who will stretch them beyond where they are now, but who’ll also allow them to try—and to fail. When we are loyal to our followers, they’ll 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.
You can’t force an individual to be loyal towards his organization or for that matter his family members. Character is something which comes from within and is often long-lived. A good character helps you develop a winning personality. In other words, a good character is the backbone of a magnetic personality which attracts other people. One needs to be honest at work. You need to develop a sense of loyalty and attachment to your organization. Commitment has to come from within. Don’t just work for money. Don’t attend office just to fulfill your job responsibilities. Yes, you will definitely receive your paycheck but what about your own satisfaction? There is no one who can measure your loyalty or commitment levels. You need to ask yourself “Are you really happy with your performance?” “How much are you contributing to the success of your organization? ”Analyze your inner self. People who are not loyal towards their organization often find work monotonous and as a mere source of burden. The moment you start enjoying your work, your performance will automatically go up. If you waste half of your day, chatting with friends or playing games on the internet no one would come to know except you. Do not lie to yourself. If your lunchtime is for an hour, make sure you do not waste two hours in gossiping or loitering around.
Not everyone can be a good leader. You need to have leadership qualities to be able to lead your team well. If we take the example of Indian cricket, Sachin Tendulkar is an outstanding cricketer but records prove that he was not a very successful captain. You need to be cool-headed to be a good leader. Remember, your team members might come up with any query which may be logical, may not be logical or relevant. You can’t shout on them, else they will never open up. An individual with a good character would, in turn, have a good personality. If you are extremely good looking but do not know how to behave, don’t be surprised if you are ignored by others. Nothing is more important than your character and moral values. Never cheat others. Remember, life is nothing without ethics and values.
Moral Character Matters
- Achieve peace of mind. People with character sleep well at night. They take great pride in knowing that their intentions and actions are honorable. People with character also stay
- true to their beliefs, do right by others, and always take the high ground. (So refreshing.)
- Strengthen trust. People with character enjoy meaningful relationships based on openness, honesty, and mutual respect. When you have good moral character, people know that your behavior is reliable, your heart is in the right place, and your word is good as gold.
- Build a solid reputation. People with character command a rock-solid reputation. This helps them attract exciting opportunities “like a magnet.”
- Reduce anxiety. People with character carry less baggage. They’re comfortable within their own skin, and they accept responsibility for their actions. They never have to play games, waste precious time keeping their stories straight or invent excuses to cover their behind.
- Increase leadership effectiveness. Leaders with character are highly effective. They have no need to pull rank or resort to command and control to get results. Instead, they’re effective because they’re knowledgeable, admired, trusted, and respected. This helps them secure buy-in automatically, without requiring egregious rules or strong oversight designed to force compliance.
- Build confidence. People with character don’t worry about embarrassment if their actions are publicly disclosed. This alleviates the need for damage control or the fear of potential disgrace as a result of indiscretions.
- Become a positive role model. People with the character set the standard for excellence. They live their life as an open book, teaching others important life lessons through their words and their deeds.
- Live a purpose-driven life. People with character live a life they can be proud of. They’re driven to make a difference and to do right by others rather than trying to impress others with extravagance. (Sounds like a wonderful legacy to me.)
- Build a strong business. Doing the right thing is good business. Everything else being equal, talented people would rather work for — and customers would rather buy from — companies that do right by their people, customers, and communities. While unprincipled business tactics may provide short-term results, it’s NOT a long-term strategy.
Building a good character for yourself or your company isn’t always easy at first. To some people, it comes naturally. To others, it’s a struggle to adjust. But what matters most is the continuous effort to be someone of good moral standing. It will benefit your company, your personal relationships and even your relationship with yourself.
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