The character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing. -Abraham Lincoln
1. CourageCourage is grace under pressure. --Ernest Hemingway
It takes courage to be resilient: stand up and keep running after falling down; It takes courage to right wrongs or break down the bias.It takes courage to face challenges in front of you, also be challenged by others; It takes courage to voice out or keep quite at the right time, and it takes courage to ask questions and lead via influence. Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. -Winston Churchill
Character-based leaders are also more consistent with their thinking, saying, and doing, to become the authentic leaders they were born to be. Character-based leaders define their values and follow the leadership principles with consistency; they understand trust is a two-way street, win respect via their character, and such trustworthy leadership will motivate teams to perform better and keep open-minded, trust like glue, makes leaders and teams act as a whole.
Consistency doesn’t mean to keep static, Change is only constant, however, the leaders with consistency can make better balance, capture the leadership substance and trace the root at the heart of change dynamic. They are consistent in the habit of learning, de-learning and relearning, not only do they keep consistent on themselves; but also they look for consistency in their teams, in their organization as well as in the eco-system, as consistency harmonizes humanities. "But change must always be balanced with some degree of consistency." - Ron D. Burton.
3. CompetencyTrusting your individual uniqueness challenges, you to lay yourself open. -James Broughton
Every person has uniqueness, leader’s competitive uniqueness will attract divergent thoughts and diversified talents, also unify and bridge the difference. At the age of information explosion and abundance of social influence, the new talent mantra is more on Compete with Uniqueness, rather than always compete for the best. "The character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think." - Ralph Waldo Emerson.