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

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7

Becoming a Virtuoso Leader

The first comment I get from many people when they hear the results of KRW’s research into leadership character is: “Well, that’s all great, but once you’re an adult, your character is set—it can’t be changed.” My response is a quiet but firm, “Yes, it can.” I’m firm in that conviction because I’ve seen many adults successfully take on the challenge of improving their character. Not only that, I’ve seen how much happier, more satisfying, and successful their lives have become as a result.

In chapter 2, we talked about the way a person’s character forms and, in every subsequent chapter, how behavior expresses that character. The way people treat others is one of the most direct reflections of character, and that behavior ...

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