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Finding character in the ranks

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Every organization holds future leaders who show character. Identify and groom them for higher positions where they can succeed and help your organization succeed.

One way to develop people’s characters is to put them in tough situations so they can grow. An extreme example is the U.S. Navy SEALs.

SEALs’ training is physically and mentally exhausting. To end up with a cadre of troops who can jump out of helicopters and chase bad guys, candidates are pushed to the breaking point.

Adopt the same tactic within your organization by giving people on-the-job challenges, rather than classroom-like training. Watch what they do. How do they work with their teams? Do they work with people or in spite of them? You want to uncover leaders who can bring people together for a common cause. That’s character.

— Adapted from Lead By Example, John Baldoni, Amacom.

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