Nationally awarded gold medallion from Reader Views and Nautilus Book Awards. Organizations are always developing and so are leaders. When leaders invest in the simultaneous development of their character and their competence it enhances their leadership capacity. Capacity is the ability and readiness to lead at higher levels of organizational complexity.
Dick is the president of The Leadership Development Group. He is a leadership strategist with a passion to help organizations unravel the complexities of developing engaged leaders. His assess, learn, and grow model assists organizations in the design of structures and systems that accelerate leadership development for emerging and seasoned leaders. Daniels hosts The Leadership Development Group on LinkedIn Groups. This online forum includes more than 28,000 global members sharing best practice insights. He is VP of Consulting Services for Right Management Florida/Caribbean. Leadership Briefs was awarded the First Place Gold Medallion for the Business Book Category by the Midwest Independent Publisher's Association. His newest book was just released and reviewed on Amazon. Leadership Core: Character, Competence, Capacity. He is an ICF Certified Executive Coach and serves on the board of Hodos Institute providing leadership research and training throughout Eurasia.
Most leadership development initiatives focus on competency models. Assessments and 360 degree feedback to identify focus areas for leadership coaching. Competency is half of the agenda for leadership sustainability. Those who lead for the long haul also work on qualities of positive character.
Character is that unique blend of values, beliefs, and habits that influence both how an individual responds to life situations and also how they relate to the people in those situations. I will always remember the statement from Frances Hesselbein, former CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA, published in an online article with Investor’s Business Daily called “Quiet Revolutionary Frances Hesselbein Makes Leadership Her Mission”3 She is now 103 years old at the time of this writing, and she said it well: “Leadership flows from inner character and integrity of ambition, which inspires others to lend themselves to your organization’s mission.”