Developing Character in Your Workforce


Leadership Tip of the Month by Ron Jasniowski

Most employees have a variety of good character qualities. However everyone has room for improvement. Some of our best performing employees are weak in at least one important character trait. This doesn't need to be ongoing! Monthly character discussion sessions are one of the best ways to help good employees get better. 


More and more organizations/departments are including some discussion about the character trait of the month in their monthly employee meetings. After a few months of explaining action-oriented character definitions and how to apply the trait, your department will almost automatically improve. Most employees want to improve their performance and become more productive, but many don’t know their limiting factors. Monthly/weekly character trait discussions with your employees are a mutually comfortable way to help them identify and overcome their weaknesses.


How to structure Character Discussion Sessions

1. Make it clear that this session is for their personal well-being. State that character determines success. Everyone wants to be successful and none of us has arrived. A few minutes each month discussing the character trait of the month will help all of us individually. Then collectively this will become a better workplace.

2. State the character trait of the month and its action-oriented definition.

3. Depict a famous person in history who practiced the trait and the benefits it brought them.

4. Lead employees in a discussion about how they could practice the trait on the job and at home.

Note: This doesn't need to be a stand-alone meeting. These sessions work well when incorporated with other meetings.


An excellent tool for this is a sub_scription to monthly character bulle,tins. Character bulle,tins have talking points for each trait and makes it easy to discuss the trait of the month. They cost $2.00 per issue for each employee (if you order seven or more), otherwise individual sub_scriptions sell for $39 per year. Posters also are available. I do not publish these materials, but feel free to call me about how to acquire these materials and more.


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


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Ron Jasniowski specializes in training managers and supervisors at in-house training workshops and at leadership retreats around the country about character-based leadership skills. Managers learn to develop the untapped potential in employees and keep them! Learn more from the services page or con.tact us for more information and a quote.


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