The Character-Based Leader

Character-Based Leader

I’m honored to be one of the 21 authors included in this book (page 103!). It’s a great project written by some incredibly talented authors who are passionate about helping others discover, develop and deploy the amazing leadership potential in people everywhere. Below is a brief description. To purchase the print or kindle versions of the book from – VISIT HERE!

The Character-Based Leader is a must-read for anyone who realizes that leading from who you are (rather than your position) is the key to longevity and satisfaction in any leadership role. Written by 21 volunteer members of the Lead Change Group, this book will challenge and inspire you to take ACTION and Lead Change!


The Character-Based Leader is a must-read for anyone who realizes that leading from who you are (rather than your title) is the key to longevity and satisfaction in any leadership role. This well-written, easy read will leave you feeling inspired and ready to take ACTION!

~ Marshall Goldsmith, recognized as the Thinkers 50 most-influential leadership thinker in the world, and author of the New York Times bestsellers MOJO and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There.

A rich and comprehensive collection of compelling perspectives on the importance of character in the leadership equation. A very worthy read.

~ Douglas R. Conant, Retired President and CEO, Campbell Soup Company, and author of the NY Times Bestseller TouchPoints

What do you get when 21 deep-thinking leaders share their thoughts on Character-Based Leadership with the world? You get a book filled with actionable advice that can change the world one person at a time. Buy it. Read it. It will change how you see your leadership. It will change how you live your life.

~ Liz Strauss, International Business Strategist, Author of Successful-Blog

The Lead Change Group has hit it out of the park! The Character-Based Leader distills timeless lessons of virtuous, effective living—and applies them seamlessly to the daily demands and spectacular opportunities of the 21st century. Put this wonderful book to use today, transforming your life and work into a masterpiece of service.

~ James Strock, author of Serve to Lead

Warning: Hope Ahead

Proverbs 13:12

A little bit of hope is a dangerous thing.

Hope is a powerful motivator. It can elect Presidents, define career choices and cause 10 year old boys to send their first valentine.  History demonstrates that the United States economy is the greatest wealth building engine the world has ever known. It’s an economy built on hope. Hope that the work I do today will pay greater dividends tomorrow. Hope that the future for our children and their children will be better than our current condition today.  Hope that my choices will have lasting value.

Hope fills us up, drives us forward and gives us the fuel we need to build a dream. ‘Hope’ is the defining motivator of this generation.

  • Leaders offer hope.
  • Servants satisfy hope.
  • Followers look for hope.

Hope is like nitroglycerin. Applied correctly it can be the catalyst that propels you and your organization further than you ever imagined possible. But use with caution. Handled carelessly hope is a raging and destructive force. There’s a Proverb that says, “Hope deferred makes a heart sick.” Think about the power of that statement. The very idea that tomorrow will be better than today is enough to raise your spirit and motivate you to act. While the thought, not the reality, but the thought that tomorrow could be exactly the same, or worse, leaves you drained, depressed, discouraged and doubting yourself, your organization, the leaders you follow and the followers you serve.

A little bit of hope is a dangerous thing.

Where is your hope? What hope are you offering others? Will you keep your promise? Will you lift someone up or make their heart sick? Will the hope you have and the hope you offer be the fuel that propels you forward or the destructive force that derails your dream?

Hope applied. It’s a powerful thing.