“Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without strategy.” GEN Norman Schwarzkopf
Character is defined as “your moral structure,” the “crown of a moral life,” and referred to as a “morale structure,” something you built through virtuous behavior. ChatGPT defines “the elements of character” as:
Loyalty: Unswerving in allegiance, such as faithful in allegiance to a government or a group; faithful to a private person to whom faithfulness is due; faithful to a cause, ideal, custom, institution, or product.
Diligence: Steady, earnest, and energetic effort: devoted and painstaking work and application to an undertaking.
Modesty: The state or quality of being moderate in the estimation of one’s own abilities, accomplishments, or values/.
Honesty: The commitment to telling the truth, being sincere, and avoiding deception or falsehood.
Gratitude: Expressing appreciation and thankfulness for the blessing, opportunities, and kindness from others.
Other sources include some additional character attributes, including honor and ethics. Ethics is a subset of honesty. GEN Schwarzkopf stated that Army officers must demonstrate character in all facets of leadership. It is the most critical trait of true leaders regardless of profession. That is something to think about this weekend.
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