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Return on Character: The Real Reason Leaders and Their Companies Win by Fred Kiel

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Character Defined

Populating the Character Curve

Whether they express their opinion or keep it to themselves, hardly anyone is neutral on the subject of leadership character. In meetings, seminars, professional consultations, and private conversations, the topic of character can generate strong reactions. Some of this heat may be sparked by the lack of a widely shared definition of just what character means. And many people are uncomfortable talking about character at all, because they view it as something deeply personal and largely unchangeable.

According to that common view, character is something we acquired as we were growing up, a set of ideas and operating beliefs that just sort of crept up on us while we weren’t looking and then calcified ...

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