Our character is the foundation in which our successes are going to be built. This is the intangible and dynamic set of attributes that will make us great and unique. We are born with raw personality traits that will be combined with our experiences and shape who we become. In many ways, we will become more polished yet boisterous versions of who we are when we are young. To know oneself is the beginning of wisdom that will allow for happiness, self-control, tolerance, resiliency, and better decision-making.
You need to bring value to your job, your role, and your life – every day. Chances are you are already creating value and you need to understand the potential of that value and share it with others. If you do not see it, look deeper or look at your work through a different lens.
A strong factor of both job satisfaction and team performance is the demonstration of idealized influence. Employees consistently rank this as one of the most important job satisfiers – those who experience themselves and others leading by example are creating an idealized influence in the workplace. As leaders, it is important to show those around us that we understand and appreciate the work performed together and that we are willing to contribute on all levels, at any time.
Perhaps the most simple yet powerful characteristic of an effective leader is their ability is to follow-through on commitments. This is the best way to build trustworthiness and gain the confidence of others. We should show people that we are smart through our actions and performance, not just by saying smart things.
Passion is an essential ingredient in success. We cannot bake a good cake without eggs, just as we cannot create success without passion. Our greatest work in life will develop within the ethos of passion. This is something that cannot be learned, and it cannot be feigned. It must be real and it must be present, for the lack of passion creates a lack of purpose.
Honesty is an essential component of integrity and is a building block of trustworthiness. Honesty can be leveraged well beyond a virtue of being truthful. Leaders will be influenced by diverging opinions, conflicting interests, external pressures, and their own experiences. Honesty is the one virtue that can help a leader see beyond these influences and do what is right, and what is best. It also embodies one’s ability to communicate well and remain humble.