Nothing in life could be more frustrating than trying to keep up a reputation that is directly opposite of your character. Reputation might achieve some amount of success for you as a leader, but character is what sustains it. No matter what you get by reputation, you can easily lose it for lack of character.
Many times people get frustrated trying to build up their reputations, by doing so much to impress people, but in the end they get frustrated in their quest. The acts of makeup and make belief, many times, leave people confused about our true identity as leaders and often make people lose interest and confidence in our leadership.
No one wants to be perceived wrongly instead everyone wants to be perceived right. All of us want to be seen by others in a particular. No matter what you think, you have a reputation and as good as reputation might seem, you will find that you really do not have power or control over your reputation.
No matter how hard you try, pretend or try to impress people by your reputation, your character which is who you truly are will someday be seen. Character is the strength of leadership; character is the expression of your inner being. Without character success might be a difficult thing to achieve or maintain. Know that good character is the essence of leadership.
True leadership is knwing that you could never fool all the people all the time and so being in a position of leadership requires character. Followers learn to trust leaders whose words correspond with their character, deeds and action. Leadership is all about trust and this of course most leaders forget. Betraying the trust of your followers is the worst thing you could ever do as a leader. To lead by example should be your priority in your home, job or business. Say what you mean, mean what you say and do it exactly when and how you said you will do it. This in essence is integrity.
Reputation may win sometimes but character wins all the time. Therefore, if you desire true success and accomplishment as a leader pay attention to your character. Know this: “If two or more people are complaining about a particular attitude of yours, don’t try to proof them wrong, look in the mirror and change your attitude.” When you pay attention to your character you will have less secrets and explanations to people about yourself.
Reputation is good no doubt but paying excessive attention to reputation is a limitation on your leadership. Leaders, who pay too much attention to their reputation, trying to impress people by big words or vocabularies without critically thinking of how to bring to pass what they say, always end up in self assassination of character and self destruction. I have had such leaders and have been privileged as a follower to be under such leadership in my life and many times it seems like I am dealing with a chameleon whose true identity is unknown and is always changing color at will.
Nothing distinguishes you more than good character worthy of emulation. This is the foundation of leadership, the kind of leadership we have been looking for in Liberia Africa and the world at large. We, in Liberia need to someday boast of leaders in our country with character worthy of emulation – leaders who will stand for the truth and do what is right no matter the opposition, leaders willing to sacrifice their comfort for their followers and country. Men and women who will not only make laws but obey the laws they have made. Men and women of character that will serve fearlessly and selflessly without bothering about their reputation but stand on the path of justice and make the right decisions that many generations to come will be proud of.
Now is the time we have been waiting for, today is all we have to make a difference that history will always remember. Nobody will but you and I. It is only us (you and I) that can change this country. Yes! We can make it right because we believe in change.
Join me today and stand for what is right. Do what is right and make a decision to pay more attention to your character rather than worry about your reputation. This is not about trying hard to please people, which is what reputation is all about and which mostly ends up in frustration and disgrace. Character which is a great asset, is about building the right foundation, doing the right thing, being yourself and standing for what is right always.
(Chealy Brown Dennis is a consultant and a much sought after motivational speaker and offers training in organizational leadership, and business development concept and planning, creative sales and marketing, strategic planning and team building. He also offers workbooks, on-location and train-the-trainer formats for leaders, managers, businesses and organizations. He can be contacted through email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or on phone at: 0886-264-611 or 0776545394)