Like never before, effective leaders must be character leaders, with the ability to respect, understand and connect with people who are very different from themselves. In fact, leaders who don’t develop these skills are bound to fail.
Character-driven leadership is driven by a leader’s character traits, not his or her personality. Motivation, courage, responsability and ethical are often considered the core traits of a character-driven leader.
We believe these skills are important too: grit, self-awareness, empathy, teamwork, self-efficacy and gratitude. They’re part of knowing yourself and connecting with others, of being fair and honest, of sticking with it and growing from failure.
Leaders who exemplify these traits are modeling them for organizations, communities, teammates. A character-driven leader might be a coach or an athlete, a principal or a sixth-grader. Whoever they are, these leaders are setting the stage for other people to be character-driven leaders too.
It starts will self-awareness, the launch pad to the Strive curriculum and the seed of all meaningful growth.
With character, we delve further into the personal: nurturing your grit, unearthing your motivation and courage, and exploring your ethics and values.
With leadership, we focus on the interpersonal: a study of communication and collaboration within your community; an examination of leadership styles; and the creation of a conscious, unique culture.
Character and leadership come together at the heart of our curriculum model. It’s a model that drives all our work as we cultivate character leaders — in young people and adults, in people at every level of a program. And it’s a model that results in meaningful, lasting change.