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Character / Ethics Building Connections: Community Leadership Program
Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing. - Abraham Lincoln
Write down one example of a leader’s unethical behavior you have observed.
What is Character? The inherent complex of attributes that determine a person’s moral and ethical actions and reactions WRITE IT DOWN!!!
What are Characteristics of Character? WRITE IT DOWN!!! Honest Competent Inspiring Courageous Tactful Fair Loyal Confident Unselfish Responsible Citizenship Caring Respectful Trustworthy
Why is Character Important? Warren Bennis says, “... after vision and passion, INTEGRITY (character) is the most basic fundamental competency to be a leader.” He further points out that Integrity is the basis of TRUST.
Who Cares About Character? The Age of Accountability The Importance of Family Values PEOPLE ARE ALWAYS WATCHING!!!
Six Pillars of Character Trustworthiness Respect Responsibility Fairness Caring Citizenship Josephson Institute of Ethics
Trustworthiness Be honest Be reliable — do what you say you’ll do Have the courage to do the right thing Build a good reputation Be loyal
Respect Treat others with respect; follow the Golden Rule Be tolerant of differences Use good manners, not bad language Be considerate of the feelings of others Don’t threaten or hurt anyone Deal peacefully with anger, insults and disagreements
Responsibility Do what you are supposed to do Always do your best Use self-control Be self-disciplined Think before you act Be accountable for your choices
Fairness Play by the rules Take turns and share Be open-minded; listen to others Don’t take advantage of others Don’t blame others carelessly
Caring Be kind Be compassionate and show you care Express gratitude Forgive others Help people in need
Citizenship Do your share to make your community better Cooperate Get involved in community affairs Stay informed Be a good neighbor Obey laws and rules Respect authority
The Four-Way Test 1.Is it the truth? 2.Is it fair to all concerned? 3.Will it build good will? 4.Will it be beneficial to all concerned? CAN YOU ANSWER YES? Then, it is probably ethical.
Conclusion In the end, all you have is who you are. As a leader, you must set the right example. People will follow your lead. Make sure you are doing the right thing.