In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss the importance of character and the forces that shape it.
Charisma may be useful in attracting a following, but it is largely useless when it comes to achieving a long-term, positive impact on the people and organizations we lead. For this, we need character. Effective leadership is an inside-out job.
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I talk a lot about platform on my blog and in my podcast. But the ultimate platform—the root system under the oak tree—is your character. Your character is ultimately the thing that’s going to shape your future, your impact, and your influence in the world, so it’s important that we pay attention to those forces that shape it.
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My favorite part of doing these podcasts is participating in the conversation they provoke. Each week, I ask one question. This week, it is this:
Question: Which of these three forces do you need to give attention to at this stage in your development as a leader?
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In this episode we mentioned the following resources:
- Book: The Presidents Club by Nancy Gibbs
- Book: Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Michael Hyatt is the author of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestseller, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World. Recognized by magazines like Forbes and Inc as an important online marketing and leadership expert, he’s also the founder of Platform University and 5 Days to Your Best Year Ever. Read more about him here.
Michele Cushatt is a popular speaker and author. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, or her blog. She’s a three-time cancer survivor with a powerful, personal story. Listen to it here or read about it in her memoir, Undone: A Story of Making Peace with an Imperfect Life.
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