“Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.” Norman Schwarzkopf
This thought stands on its own. There is no doubt when it comes to the necessity of character. As well, leadership must also involve strategy. However, over the last few years I have grown to appreciate Schwarzkopf’s statement.
We have examined several areas about character in the past and I do not think it can be overstated. Character is the very substance of leadership.
The determination of character is the head of character.
The development of character is the heart of character.
The demonstration of character is the hands of character.
Where there is character, there is leadership! We need strategy, but strategy takes a distant second place to the necessity of character as leaders.