In a previous post I introduced the book, As A Man Thinketh, by James Allen, as a book that could be interpreted as an introduction to effective leadership. For this post I want to focus on Chapter 1, Thought and Character.
Think about the effective leaders you’ve known throughout your life. I’m not talking about the leader who just had the authority to boss people around pushing their own will. They might be in a position of leadership, but are they true leaders?
Effective leaders aren’t born, but rather developed. Value added thoughts develop leaders. The word “thought,” by itself, is very vague and could lead to a number of different subjects. For my purpose here, I would like to relate it to a leader and tie it to another word “character.”
Thought and Character compliment each other. One cannot have good character without good thoughts. Our thoughts and actions develop our character and how we are perceived by those we lead. Effective leaders have learned to control their thoughts and actions in a manor that elevates their perceived leadership skills and ability.
Character is a trait that has been learned and is made up from one’s habits, attitudes and attributes. Values that might define good character include: Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Trustworthiness and Caring. A leader with sound character finds it easier to achieve loyalty and dedication. People around this leader are more apt to follow and be supportive of the leader’s decisions and direction.
Individuals in supportive roles trust that the character of their leader is as described above. They respect and trust the leader, who has proven to be someone with a strong character. This leader creates a team that grows the organization because peers and direct reports have a desire to succeed and will support the efforts of this leader.
These are just some of my thoughts. I invite you to submit your information below to download your own copy of the book. Read it at your convenience and determine for yourself if it has value as a guide to qualities of leadership.