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Personality vs. Character

By Doug Franklin June 13, 2011

Often leaders gain followers through their personalities. They are outgoing, fun and have inspiring vision. They say risky things and paint a picture of a great tomorrow. The problem is personality is often who the person is on the outside and not who the person is on the inside. The inside is what matters when things get tough, and things always get tough. The questions for us leaders is “are we spending our time developing the personality or our character?” I think we would all like to be better speakers, teachers and upfront leaders but in the long run is that going to gain you influence? I really like a good speaker but I want to follow a person who is going to stay the course when life gets hard. I want a leader of character.

About the Author

Doug Franklin

Doug Franklin is the president of LeaderTreks, an innovative leadership development organization focusing on students and youth workers. Doug and his wife, Angie, live in West Chicago, Illinois. They don’t have any kids, but they have 2 dogs that think they are children. Diesel and Penelope are Weimaraners  who never leave their side. Doug grew up in…  Read More