CHAPTER FOURTHE DISCIPLINE OF CHARACTER

“In the long run, the best proof of character is good actions.”

—John Stuart Mill

A chief responsibility of leadership is to be an example to others—a role model whom others can look up to. Being a role model has everything to do with personality and character: personality is how you behave, but character is what you are. Character is what you do when no one is looking. All great men and women are recognized for the quality of their character.

It was said that the character of George Washington was the foundation upon which the American Revolution and Republic were built. After his death, he was called “the indispensable man.” Even to this day, it is commonly believed that the United States would not have ...

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