You’ve heard the famous quote (by a well known baseball player) that “Nice guys finish last.”
According to a recent report about leadership and business, it simply isn’t true.
In fact, the opposite is true. Good people make good leaders.
Fred Kiel, author of Return on Character: The Real Reason Leaders and Their Companies Win, showed that leaders of strong character far exceeded the return on assets of leaders of weak character. Kiel conducted a seven year study of more than 100 CEOs and over 8500 employees.
Here’s what they found.
Leaders who made the most money for their companies had strong character habits. These habits showed these leaders followed four basic principles: integrity, responsibility, forgiveness, and compassion.
These are leaders who tell the truth, keep promises, and own up to their mistakes. They are forgiving, and they care about other people.
Leaders who show those traits almost all the time had five times better financial results for their companies than those who showed those traits only half the time.
I was amazed but not surprised at this study.
These are traits which come from God Himself. He told us to be honest, forgiving, responsible, and compassionate. God knows what’s good for us. He knows what motivates people and helps them do their best.
Why do we go on rebelling against God’s ways and God’s word?
One of my favorite verses tells us to do exactly these things: “Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you” (Ephesians 4:31-32).
Do these things and you will make the people around you much happier–and it will add to your bottom line.
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