Thursday, October 1, 2009

Leading with Character First

Leading with Character First is not always easy. To live a life of Character is one of the toughest challenges we all face today in our society and culture. However, the rewards far outweigh any downside. I encourage you to study a book or go to a seminar or conference on character and/or leadership in the near future.

Challenge yourself to be a better leader and a better follower, because only then can you really align people, passions and positions for maximum performance. Speaking of seminars, Lee Ellis and I are teaming up to present a seminar in Orlando in the near future. Imagine the student presenting with the Master. I am very humbled to be working with Lee, who was my Vice Commandant in the United States Air Force Squadron Officer School where we spent 3 intensive months training on leadership and followership. I am also excited to introduce Lee to my peer group at Heartland Technologies, a group of 240 IT companies throughout the United States, Canada, and England.

Our seminar will focus on the fact that the character of an individual is evidenced by that person’s leadership behavior. Here is the title and description:

“Character in Motion.”

The main theme is that “Character is Evidenced through Leadership Behavior.” Ask yourself, “What is the cost to business and the bottom line if we don’t grow as a leader and lead that growth with character? If we don’t grow as a leader, we will not be consistent in who we want to be, and regardless of our technical skills, people will see the real character of who we are through our behavior. We are all operating in our natural behavior so much so, that our values get ignored. The presentation will be focused on how we can reconnect to those values and demonstrate character growth through behavior development.

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