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Character is Not Bestowed - It is Earned

You don’t need an MBA, JD, or PHD to become a Leader of Character.

There is a crisis in leadership in our society today. That probably doesn’t surprise you. You have seen it in the news and in your workplace. It is not a crisis born from a lack of education. It is a crisis of character.

Most thoughtful people will say they want to follow a Leader of Character. But you rarely hear people talk about how someone becomes one! They say leaders need to have character, but then the conversation ends. It’s as if people think character is something you are born with or is bestowed on you by some governing body….If it were only that easy!

Character is earned. I often tell people “You were born with your personality, but you develop your character.” Earning character is similar to building up your level of fitness. There are three factors that determine your physical fitness and your strength of character.

  1. Action: You can’t just talk or read about working out. You have to do the workouts! Likewise, you can’t just read about character. You have to DO what you want to BE.

  2. Consistency: You will never get physically fit if you hit the gym once in a while. You need to exercise consistently and intentionally. Your character needs that same consistency.

  3. Sweat: Muscular fitness will not happen without discomfort. Unless you are sweating and a little sore, your workout did nothing. Your character will never get stronger without discomfort either. The pursuit of comfort creates weak muscles and weak character.

No matter where your character is today, your opportunity to get your character muscles in shape is in front of you everyday! The good news is you can earn those muscles without going to the gym. Your workplace will test your character. Your family will test your character. Even people on the highways will test your character. Everyday is another opportunity to earn the character that our society needs so badly. You don’t need an MBA, JD, or PHD to become a Leader of Character.

You earn character by consistently making the tough choices that exercising character requires - even when it causes you to be uncomfortable. In fact, that discomfort is probably the signal you are growing. It will be the evidence that you are on your way to earning something that we all need to have in order to change our society.

If you are wondering where your character is today, use this link to take a 5 minute Character Assessment: or use the QR code at the bottom of this blog. See how you score on Courage, Humility, Integrity, Selflessness, Duty, and Positivity.


● What part of your character needs some Action, Consistency, and Sweat?

● How can you earn those muscles this week at work or at home?


Here is a quick assessment that will take you 5 minutes to figure it out. Nobody will ever see your results but you.

Warning: If you are not going to be honest with yourself this is a worthless assessment.

To take the assessment use the QR code above or go to

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