A guide to transforming leadership for the 21st century, this is a book about a powerful and practical framework that leaders can use to help their organizations thrive, prosper, and improve the world around them: leader character.

Developed through extensive research, teaching, and outreach over the past decade, leader character is the foundation that leaders rely upon to help them make their most critical judgments. This book carries forward the authors’ important work to the implementation stage on both the individual and organizational levels. Based on the authors’ interactions with organizations in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors around the world, they offer practical roadmaps for implementing leader character in such areas as leadership development, strategy, manifesting purpose, culture-building, executive recruitment and HR practices, EDI, risk management, and other key corporate activities. The result of these implementations is nothing less than sustained organizational excellence. Leader character is the compass that helps leaders steer their organizations through real, positive, and lasting change.

This actionable book will earn its place on the bookshelves of professionals and students in talent management, leadership development, HR, and organizational development, as well as leaders from the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors.

chapter |10 pages


chapter Chapter 1|18 pages

The case for character

chapter Chapter 2|21 pages

The science of character

chapter Chapter 3|19 pages

What's your Achilles' heel?

chapter Chapter 4|26 pages

Exercising character

chapter Chapter 5|16 pages

The power of micro-moments

chapter Chapter 6|21 pages

Becoming a champion of character change

chapter Chapter 7|29 pages

A culture of character

chapter Chapter 8|14 pages

Character's role in risk management

chapter Chapter 9|21 pages

Character, directors, boards, and governance

chapter Chapter 10|6 pages

The compass of your life