Touted as one of the most valuable principles of leadership and relying primarily on integrity, while standing on its core values of truth and honesty – character is something that you must embody and believe in yourself. Character Matters. You must have an unwavering stance, as sometimes you are challenged in this arena. Remember, your answer always lies in the truth. And, the fact relies on you.
As in any relationship, a character is vital. People often confuse reputation and character. It is essential to know the difference. It is essential to maintain both, however, above all support your character. Our assessment of a person’s character is an opinion, and it isn’t always right.
Abraham Lincoln recognized the distinction between character and reputation. “Character,” he said “is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.” The shape of a shadow is gauged by the position of the light it’s not a perfect image of the tree, it’s the perception of the viewer. In that, it view, one’s reputation could be an inaccurate reflection of their character.
Though reputation is merely an opinion, it can have considerable impact. Reputation may be the result of what people think of us and people who have never met you might think about you. This may reflect in the way they treat you and whether they regard you in high or low esteem. Whether you seek someone in a relationship that is personal or professional, character counts — everywhere, all the time.
Cultivate a collaborative environment is critical when working with others – whether they are individuals or groups. Note: a solid foundation or relationship is recommended to ensure a positive, collaborative outcome. Your character is a key component to seeking out those you wish to collaborate and build a healthy relationship.
There are a few key components to target when getting started:
1. Set goals, expectations and outcomes
2. Communicate expectations to all groups or individuals
3. Allow all engaging parties to express their opinions and creativity
4. Encourage cohesion and inclusion
5. Get to know one another, especially strengths and areas of expertise
6. Leverage those individuals with skills to strengthen and unify the group
7. Ask for assistance or other collaboration from outside resources
8. Understand you do not have all the answers, listen and learn
At first glance, you might wonder the direction of an article titled ‘Character and Collaboration an Unusual Relationship,' however, no genuine relationship can stand without either one of these qualities.
Our drive to serve and advance the wellness industry depends on us maintaining and building stable liaisons with people and organizations that may not think they would typically align with us. You should do the same with in your circles. Watch for our upcoming article when we talk about ‘The Value and Relationship between - Competition and Communication.’
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