Why Great Leaders Have Great Character

“People with great character can achieve great things,” concludes James C. Sarros after discussing several examples of legendary leaders such as Alexander the Great, the king of Macedonia 356-323 BC who conquered the Persian empire, from Anotolia to India. James also discussed Dr. Marthin Luther King, who is famous for his speech I have a dream, a fragment reads: I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will mot judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character … I have a dream today.

The two examples of leaders discussed are leaders who do great work and according to James they also have great characters such as compassion, wisdom, courage, fairness, which are the leadership characters of Alexander the great. Benyamin Franklin was a statesman, inventor, diplomat and writer who is remembered as a character who declared that lightning is electricity. He in 1784 while living in Passy near Paris listed 13 virtues as characters he wanted to have through this life, starting fromtemperence (simplicity), Silence (talk needed), order (according to time), resolution (any resolution), frugality (savings), industry (everything that is done is useful), sincerity, (sincere), justice (fair), moderation ( not extreme), cleanliness (clean), tranquility (calm), chasitity (pure), humility (humility).

The writings of Benjamin Franklin confirm that a great leader does have a great character. Leadership is timeless, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander the great, Dr. Marthin Luther King and other leaders can also be owned by leaders in this modern era. A leader with a transparent character will win the trust of his group and then win the trust of other stakeholders. Leadership Character is important as important as other management functions, and character is something that lives in a leader wherever he is in his entire journey, not just limited to the company’s organization.

The development of the Leadership Character has three important stages, the first is moral knowing, where a person opens his eyes and understands the importance of a character, becomes aware and understands the reasons so that he decides to do or possess the character. The second stage is the moral feeling, which has the attention to continue doing the right thing. This includes conscience, sell-esteem, empathy and humility. The third stage is moral action, which means acting on your own accord and having the ability.

When talking about leadership characters , many writers immediately associate it with the personal integrity of a leader. What is in the heart of a leader is no different from what he does. That is integrity. The more this character grows the more successful a leader is and the more successful the organization will be.


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