— A Shot is a poignant leadership tip from “a rifle.” Yes, leadership coach, Tom Newhouse, uses a rifle from his farming heritage to “tell it like it is.” —
WHAT ARE YOU MADE OF? Time comes when people want to know what’s at your root. They see outside achievements which give a clue, but only a clue. The real you lies at your core. So, the question unfolds: What’s this person’s character? That’s the inside stuff. I’m only a rifle, but I yearn to always be in the hands of one with good character.
Yep, character trumps reputation. Inside trumps outside. Who wouldn’t want a good reputation? But given a choice of following good reputation versus good character, character wins. A leader with bad character is a train wreck waiting to happen. Honesty, integrity, humility, compassion, trust, consistency, caring, courage—there’s a starter list. Don’t think they matter? Hang on to your stomach while you ponder their opposites. Your followers yearn to be in the hands of one with good character.