While most leadership books focus on a list of steps or strategies for getting people to do what you need them to do, Dr. Tim Irwin takes a different approach. Given the many scandals of the past decades, in business and in politics, Irwin chooses to focus on what he calls the "core." This core is what we used to call "character" and refers to our most deeply held values that inform our actions.
There are plenty of unfortunate examples of the high price paid by those leaders who neglected their cores and succumbed to arrogance or false beliefs. Leaders with a weak core are just as vulnerable to harm as athletes who neglect their physical core. Fortunately, there are proven ways to develop and strengthen our moral core, and Dr. Irwin expounds upon this.
For parents, there is hopeful news for your children and their future leadership abilities. While they are young, you have the opportunity to help them develop a strong core. Teach them responsibility and accountability through the ordinary activities of daily life. And pay attention to your own core--kids are always watching your example, even when you think they aren't paying attention. For starters, take Tim's free online personal assessment (about 15 minutes of your time.)
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