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 is to avoid absolute failure. And that trait is character.
Character is a crucial leadership skill that is often overlooked, but it is the one that can make or break a leader. Without character, a leader is doomed no matter how many other skills they possess.
Here are five reasons why character is essential to mastering leadership:
It is the basis of trust. Without trust, it is impossible to build a strong team or lead effectively. Character is the foundation of trust because it demonstrates to others that you are dependable, honest, and trustworthy.
It helps to inspire others. When you have a 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 is essential for decision making. Good character helps leaders make tough decisions that are in the best interest of their team and organization, even when it’s not the easiest or most practical choice.
It helps to build strong relationships. Character is the foundation of all relationships, and it is especially important in leadership. When you have a strong character, you are able to build trust and respect with your team, which leads to stronger relationships and better teamwork.
It is the cornerstone of credibility. Without character, it is impossible to have credibility as a leader. When you have a strong character, you earn your team’s respect and trust, and they’re more likely to follow your example and believe in your vision.
In summary, by building strong character, leaders can set themselves up for success and avoid the pitfalls of outright failure.
Lead from within: Avoid failure by mastering the one skill that will make your leadership not just good, but excellent.
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After decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, Lolly Daskal has observed that leaders rise to their positions based on a specific set of values and traits. But over time, every leader reaches a point where their performance suffers and failure persists. Very few understand why or how to prevent it.
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Lolly Daskal is one of the most sought after executive leadership coaches in the world. His vast cross-cultural expertise spans 14 countries, six languages and hundreds of companies. As Founder and CEO of Lead From Within, her proprietary leadership program is designed to be a catalyst for leaders who want to improve their performance and make a meaningful difference in their business, their lives, and the world.
Among Lolly’s many awards and accolades, Lolly was named Top 50 Leadership and Management Experts by Inc. magazine. The Huffington Post awarded Lolly the title of The most inspiring woman in the world. His writing has appeared in HBR, Inc.com, Fast Company (Ask The Expert), Huffington Post and Psychology Today, and others. His latest book, The Leadership Gap: What’s Between You and Your Greatness? became a national bestseller.