The Four Cornerstones of Character

LEADERSHIP BEGINS WITH CHARACTER. IF YOU START building competence without the footings and foundation of character in place, you will implode when there’s pressure, stress, or the temptation to accept an unearned reward.


The first cornerstone of character is integrity. Integrity is about basic honesty and squaring up to who you are and what you believe. Integrity accelerates your personal development as you avoid feigned attempts to be amoral. When you avoid ethical misconduct and self-justification, your modeling behavior becomes astonishingly powerful. You deal justly with others because you deal justly with yourself. You put forth your best personal effort. You are careful to take credit ...

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