Strength + Courage = Character

Strength + Courage = Character

“Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.” ~Bruce Lee

Over heard: Speaker, a young thirty-something male. “Nah, my boss would never apologize. Even when he’s wrong. I mean, I get it. Shows weakness.”

Me: Huh?

I guess some people think admitting a weakness is a weakness.

On the contrary, it’s an indication of strength; it takes courage to admit an error in judgment, it takes character.

I don’t know about you, but the person who can look me in the eyes after a misunderstanding or failure, who can say, “I screwed up, I’m sorry, here’s what I think went on for me, and thanks for your understanding,” well, that’s the kind of person who impresses me.

That’s a person of character. That’s someone I want to know better. That’s someone I want to work with.

They may not have an IQ of 140, but they’re smarter than a lot of people who do.

Character can’t grow, expand, mature or become, without awareness of our self, integration of our blind spots and ownership of our flaws.

That takes strength—and courage.

Character is what enables us to rise after a defeat. It builds our resilience muscles, and it is forged through consciousness, course-correction and consistency, not intellect.

But you need to be smart enough to know that.

And courageous enough to live it.

“Most people say that it is the intellect that makes a great scientist. They are wrong: it is character.” ~Albert Einstein



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Cynthia Barlow

Founder Cynthia Barlow

Facilitator, Author, Coach

Helping businesses build their people

When your people have the skills to communicate more effectively, they can connect more easily and collaborate more productively. Not only on the job, but also in life.

Communication, Connection, and Collaboration—the three “C’s”—are the cornerstones of all successful businesses. They are the result of Emotional Intelligence in action.

More details can be found in my recent best seller with co-author Jennifer Eggers:
Resilience: It’s Not About Bouncing Back

The power of resilience within organizations can transform an average company into a powerhouse. Yet, even in times of rapid disruptive change, there is no manual for building resilient organizations. This book is that manual.

“If you  want to build more resilience intentionally—personally and professionally—read this book.
~
Fran Karamousis, Chief  of Research, Gartner

 

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