Tip of the Month by Ron Jasniowski
Many people have heard about principle-centered leadership and
servant leadership. Not so well known is character-based
leadership. While character-based leadership is not a blending of
the two, it does incorporate some aspects of both.
Character-based leaders operate with integrity and with a heart to
help others. They lead with a genuine concern for the greater good
of all (their employees, company, customers, community, etc.).
Leaders of character are not doormats for employees to trample on.
Rather they are assertive and most importantly they develop the
untapped potential and character qualities in their employees.
Character-based leadership is not
natural and takes some effort to apply, but the long-term benefits
I've observed are quite impressive.
Employees perform at new levels of excellence, then ...
Customer service improves, and ...
Productivity increases, and ...
Employee turnover is reduced, then ...
Workforce expenses decrease significantly, and ...
Managers free their time for more important tasks!
This can be achieved in part
by explaining which character traits are important and recognizing
employees when they display the trait. Brief discussions about the
character trait of the month in department meetings are also a part of
I’ve already addressed some
of the other aspects of character-based leadership in previous tips and
plan to go into more detail in future issues.
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