Dr. John C. Maxwell is a favorite author of mine. His philosophy that “everything rises and falls on leadership”
motivates his every endeavor to help individuals reach their highest
potential. He has communicated his leadership principles to Fortune 500
companies, the United States Military Academy at West Point, and sports
organizations such as the NCAA, the NBA, and the NFL.
In his book, "The 21 Indispensable Qualities of A Leader" he begins by asking if you have what it takes to be a great leader, the kind that attracts people and makes things happen. The #1 and First Quality is Character.
The short chapter has many concrete points to ponder, study and hopefully live by…but perhaps I can provide two that resonated with me this morning.
- "How a leader deals with the circumstances of life tells you many things about his character. Crisis doesn’t necessarily make character but it certainly does reveal it. Adversity is a crossroads that makes a person choose one of two paths: character or compromise. Every time he chooses character, he becomes stronger, even if that choice brings negative consequence."
- "A man took his young daughter to a carnival, and she immediately ran over to a booth and asked for cotton candy. As the attendant handed her a huge ball of it, the father asked, "Sweetheart, are you sure you can eat all that?"
"Don’t worry Dad," she answered, "I’m a lot bigger on the inside than on the outside."
That’s what real character is – being bigger on the inside.