What inspires people to want to follow a leader? Why do people shun one leader while passionately following another to the ends of the earth? The answer lies in the character of the individual.
What is character? First let’s clarify what it is not. Character is NOT relative. Often today, when leaders are questioned about their actions, they pass blame or point to others’ infractions... "Yeah, but, but...look at what they did." As if it is okay as long as others are doing it or something worse. Let’s get real. What if your accountant told you that he was relatively honest? Would you trust him to handle your money? Or what if your spouse came home from a business trip and said, "Honey, I was relatively faithful to you while I was gone."? Would that work for you?
Practice Personal Integrity
Heart-centered leaders view character as absolute, no gray areas here. It begins with personal integrity - what we do when we think no one is looking. The best way to maintain integrity is to practice personal accountability. Find two people, whose character you respect and trust, whom you are willing to be completely accountable to. Meet with them regularly to fully disclose the details of your actions and solicit feedback about any blind spots you may have. Give them permission to be totally honest and don’t be defensive when they are. The truth will set you free, but first it may step on your toes. Better to be hurt by the truth than comforted by a lie.
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