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Success Depends More on Character Than Skill

By Bill English, Partner

In his book, Integrity: The Courage to Meet the Demands of Reality, Dr. Henry Cloud says, “there are a lot of people who are competent and good at what they do who don’t get to be leaders or ‘hugely successful’.” He goes on to write that in order for competent individuals to be successful, they must be able to build alliances with others that are mutually beneficial. Such alliances create opportunities for everyone to be much more successful.

But Dr. Cloud went on to write this: “…people who posses the first two abilities [competence and alliance building] are a dime a dozen. There is no shortage of talented, brainy people who are very, very good at what they do and are able to work the system…to get things done.”

To be genuinely successful there is one more thing, he says: “You must have the character not to screw it all up.”

Have you ever known someone who was crazy smart, highly talented and yet they were achieving much less than they could because they kept getting in their own way? Have you known people who are unable to successfully... MORE

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