Category Archives: Character

Then It Must Be My Fault

I’ve gone through most of my adult life believing we have carried forward one of those great attributes of childhood where it’s never our fault, it must’ve been someone else. When I was a preschooler, my older brother and I were playing ball in the front yard. One of us threw the ball, (really, it…

Peeling The Onion…

Did this title really bring you here?  I’m guessing it wasn’t because you thought I would teach you how to correctly peel an onion with out crying.  (Although I know how to do that as well.)   You’ve no doubt heard the expression “peeling the onion” back farther to reveal a deeper underlying root cause,…

I have people skills, I am good at dealing with people…

The Rare Leader™ is always interacting with people.  The Rare Leader™ is able to utilize intuition to sense what people are feeling and thinking.  The Rare Leader™ has the ability to interact positively, actively listening, understanding, and responding to different behavioral styles.  The Rare Leader naturally proves he or she can focus on others rather…

Taking One For The Team

Have you ever heard this acclamation?   Someone feels so self involved that they need to declare that their action is necessarily not their first choice, but is for the benefit of others.  Why not add “praise me” to the end of the statement?  After all, isn’t that what you’re asking?   You’ve let people…

Hiring up

They always said the key to being a successful manager, is being smart enough to hire people smarter than I am.  You have probably thought this through when hiring new people to work on your Team.  After all, the gaps that appear as we get older are pretty obvious.  How do we keep up with…

The Road Less Traveled

…Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,  I took the one less traveled by,  And that has made all the difference…Robert Frost (1874–1963)  Why is it that the most prosperous road is the less traveled? Why is it that we so often choose the easy road? Why is it we miss opportunities to make a…

Integrity of Character

Character of The Rare Leader™ represents the sum of his or her  very core. Values, experience, knowledge and wisdom complete the dimension of “who I am”.  The combination of morality, values and ethics create a strength your Character consistent of being true to values, and doing the right thing because it is the right thing. …

Moving from Charisma towards Integrity

You have spent a career climbing the leadership ladder.  Through your experiences and careful research, you have discovered a consistent pattern of behaviors predicting the potential of great success in a Leader. I call these twelve behaviors and characteristics the style of a Rare Leader™. Since January, we have “dug deep” into the behaviors of…

Charisma builds Trust

“Beauty is but skin deep.” When poet John Davies of Hereford wrote this now famous saying in 1616, he was actually referring to a murder involving Sir Thomas Overbury.   We have taken this almost 400 year old phrase and excluded the remaining lines of the poem which include “Beauty is but skin deep, ugly…