Assessing Your Own Character

As we discussed last time, self-assessment is tortuous, but crucial to our development. Learning the laws of leadership is an essential part of every leader's growth. These laws are foundational for teaching us how leadership works. But effective leaders have more going for them than a set of skills. The best leaders are effective because of who they are on the inside. Any attempt to lead apart from character is assured of failure.

Gulf War hero, General Norman Schwarzkopf was once asked how soldiers in the field react when their leader is taken down. His response? "Soldiers are naturally inclined to follow the person with the highest character." This reality transcends war. If the designated leader in any organization is perceived as having character flaws, his or her team will inevitably begin to follow another person in the organization whom they see as having more integrity.

To ascend to and stay at the highest level of leadership, we must develop essential character qualities from the inside out; constantly evaluating ourselves for any flaws that could shipwreck our abilities.

If you look at all great leaders, you'll find that they possess the qualities contained in my book, "The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader." This resource was designed to be a complementary companion to "The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership." By becoming the leader you ought to be on the inside, you will become the leader you want to be on the outside. When that happens, you'll find there's nothing in this world you cannot do!

The key to transforming yourself from someone who understands leadership principles to a person who successfully leads in the real world is character. Your character qualities activate and empower your leadership ability - or stand in the way of your success.

There are many obstacles to an accurate character assessment: pride, our remarkable capability to lie to ourselves, an unwillingness to receive feedback from people who love us and want to see us grow are just a few.

That's why we've developed an online assessment that will show you where you are and how to develop further the key character qualities of a leader. This assessment includes unlimited access to:

* 21 individual assessments - each includes 15 questions to help assess your leadership qualities * Four classic Maximum Impact lessons online, in digital format, specifically targeting leadership qualities

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