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Without character, true leadership is impossible

Name: Steve Kidd

Being of high moral character is absolutely critical to your ability to lead. Think about it for a second. Do you want to follow someone you don't trust? You know the type — a person who punctuates every sentence with the type of language you can't use in front of your mom as they demean everyone around them. In the same group of those void of character is a ranking officer who is less than discreet with his or her infidelity to marriage. Someone who can't be faithful to their family would certainly have a problem motivating subordinates to be faithful to their job. People do not respect someone of low character, no matter how popular they think they are. It undermines the credibility of one who could otherwise be an effective leader.

If you are in a position to lead, or if you plan on being in such a position sometime in your career, then act like it. Character produces respect. Respect produces trust. Trust motivates followers. Without character, true leadership is impossible.

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Sherry Peterson Evans Sherry Peterson Evans Monday, June 03, 2013 12:48:54 AM Great Article;)
J.j. Jarchow Sharon J.j. Jarchow Sharon Monday, June 03, 2013 9:34:20 AM Absolutely!!! ;-)
Carl David Hudson Carl David Hudson Sunday, July 14, 2013 6:45:38 AM Such a true statement and one to serve by.
Michael Hoehne Michael Hoehne Saturday, January 04, 2014 3:00:03 PM That must and should include when someone is going for promotion and going out of their ways to make sure that can walk all over people in their way to the top, case in point I was injured do to the negligence of a younger FF on the scene of an emergency call, only later to receive a phone call by one the FF asking me not to come back so he could move up in rank and he and hid pregnant wife were going to buy a house. As long as I didnt come back because we are a smaller dept. he could do all these things. He betrayed the firefighters the union and used his cunning to try and become a AC, when the time came. So understand that I agree with all the above about being a professional Firefighter/ Leader Character goes beyond the words spoken it is also seen in the unspoken words and actions.
Christin Munro Christin Munro Monday, January 06, 2014 10:38:36 AM Gosh! What is wrong with people?