Developing Character ... and Untapped Potential



Leadership Tip of the Month by Ron Jasniowski


We know good character is vital for the success of individuals and organizations because character encompasses integrity and much more. We also know managers with the right leadership skills can develop the untapped potential in employees. But can managers influence adult employees to improve their character?


Because most managers think character is fixed and you can't change a person's character, I begin my leadership seminars by asking which traits they are looking for in job applicants during the hiring process. They consistently call out traits like: dependability, punctuality, good attitude, flexibility, etc. Then I ask, "Can adults can improve in each of these traits or are they fixed?" They respond, "Adults can improve." I then say, "So these are learned behaviors and not fixed traits, right?” They respond, “Yes.” Then I tell them, “Managers with the right leadership skills can develop the character and untapped potential of their employees!"


A good place to begin helping employees improve is by:

  1. Selecting a character trait of the month

  2. Telling employees what it is and having a little discussion about the trait a couple times per month

  3. Focusing on expressing appreciation to those who practice the trait. 

There’s more to build a culture of character in your organization (or department). Those details would make this tip too long, so we'll discuss more in future issues.


The character qualities of employees are our country's greatest untapped natural resource!

      --Ron Jasniowski


Future issues will provide you with more details on how you can reach the next level of leadership success.


You may want to print this and discuss it at your next leadership team meeting.


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