As an executive leadership coach, I have worked with many leaders around the world, and there is one skill, one trait, that is crucial if a leader wants to avoid absolute failure. And that one trait is character.
Character is a crucial leadership skill that is often overlooked, but it’s one that can make or break a leader. Without character, a leader is bound to fail, no matter how many other skills they may have.
Here are five reasons why character is essential for mastering leadership:
It’s the foundation of trust. Without trust, it’s impossible to build a strong team or lead effectively. Character is the foundation of trust, as it demonstrates to others that you are reliable, honest, and dependable.
It helps to inspire others. When you have strong character, you inspire others to follow your lead and strive to do their best. Your character is a reflection of your values and beliefs, and when you lead with integrity, it motivates others to do the same.
It’s essential for decision-making. Good character helps leaders to make tough decisions that are in the best interests of their team and organization, even when it’s not the easiest or most convenient choice.
It helps to build strong relationships. Character is the foundation of all relationships, and it’s especially important in leadership. When you have strong character, you are able to build trust and respect with your team, which leads to stronger relationships and better teamwork.
It’s the cornerstone of credibility. Without character, it’s impossible to have credibility as a leader. When you have strong character, you earn the respect and trust of your team, and they are more likely to follow your lead and believe in your vision.
In summary, by building strong character, leaders can set themselves up for success and avoid the pitfalls of absolute failure.
Lead From Within: Avoid failure by mastering the one skill that will make your leadership not only good, but great.
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The Leadership Gap
What Gets Between You and Your Greatness
After decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, Lolly Daskal has observed that leaders rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits. But in time, every executive reaches a point when their performance suffers and failure persists. Very few understand why or how to prevent it.
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Of Lolly’s many awards and accolades, Lolly was designated a Top-50 Leadership and Management Expert by Inc. magazine. Huffington Post honored Lolly with the title of The Most Inspiring Woman in the World. Her writing has appeared in HBR, Inc.com, Fast Company (Ask The Expert), Huffington Post, and Psychology Today, and others. Her newest book, The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness has become a national bestseller.