“Ninety-nine percent of leadership failures are failures of character.” Norman Schwarzkopf
When I first read this quote some time ago I wondered if 99% was maybe a bit of an overstatement. But as I’ve been reflecting on this I recognize that character is the foundation to all leadership. This is true whether you are the CEO of a major corporation, a parent leading your child or a friend caring for others.
There are a couple of foundational truths we all need to understand:
- Leadership is influence – nothing more, nothing less.
- Everything rises and falls on leadership.
- Character is the foundation of leadership
Last week I introduced a blog series based on John Maxwell’s little book The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader. Let me encourage you to join us in this series. I am looking for intelligent, passionate people to contribute to the discussion.
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