Character Development in Organizational Contexts

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We study and we discuss ethical principles because it serves to strengthen and validate our own inner value system. It is the understanding of ethics that becomes the foundation upon which we can deliberately commit to inviolate principles. It becomes the basis of what we are and what we include in our character. Not only because of ethical value for its own sake, a successful organization needs leaders with both strong and good characteristics, people who will guide the others to the future and show that they can be trusted.

Many think that much of a person's character is formed early in life. However, we do not know exactly how much or how early character develops. But, it is safe to claim that character develops over time and does not change quickly. A person's observable behavior is an indication of her character. This behavior can be strong or weak, good or bad.

A person with strong character shows drive, energy, determination, self-discipline, willpower, and nerve. She sees what she wants and goes after it and more importantly this person attracts followers.

According to the theory, integrity is the foundation of leadership. Without integrity, leadership behavior rings hollow. Effective leadership is balanced between the qualities of respect and responsibility. When there is respect in an organization, everyone feels a sense of partnership, equality and fairness. When responsibility is prevalent, each person is willing to take initiative and act for the good of the entire organization.

Leaders must be honest, credible and completely trustworthy. A person with integrity doesn't twist facts for personal advantage, is willing to stand up for what is right, keeps all promises, and can be counted on to always tell the truth. A person with integrity makes sound decisions, especially when faced with moments of indecision, temptation and...