The Power of Character

CHARACTER IS A SIGNIFICANT SOURCE OF PERSONAL POWER. BEING RECOG-nized as a person of character enhances your capacity to lead and influence others because they trust your intentions, are more confident in your leadership, and see you as a person worth emulating. Even if they disagree with you, they know you are an honorable advocate. Character is a crucial power source for executives, professionals, diplomats, teachers, parents, and everyone else in a position of responsibility—but it can also be a substantial power drain if people believe your character is flawed.

In his book John P. Kotter on What Leaders Really Do, John Kotter observes that “the more a person finds a manager ...

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