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Continuing to answer the questions regarding Strength of character from my previous post.

First, another aspect which defines strength of character: It is when a person does the right thing when not being seen by others.

But one of my favorite quotes regarding character is by Theodore Roosevelt in Paris in 1910:

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because their is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”

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Before I continue to answer the questions I posted on May 8th regarding strength of character, I will take a moment to mention something else I am passionate about, the American Civil War.

I have had a few emails asking me “what is the photo of on top of your blog?” The photo is taken from Emmittsburg Road looking east to north east approximately from where Kershaw’s South Carolina brigade of McLaw’sDivision of Longstreet’s Corps of the Army of Northern Virginia began their 1700 echelon attack. It is looking toward the Rose Farm in the middle of the picture with the Wheat Field and Little Round Top in the background. When Al Gill and I were taking the Norwegian Naval Cadets through a staff ride last November, our guests, Ginger and Chet Richards snapped this excellent photograph.

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We learn by doing, by watching, by experimenting, and finally by some type of reflection or reinforcement. Then what happens when the senior leaders (military, corporate and political) set a bad example especially when our society, our culture define them as successful?

Now, believe me this is not a political blog. My blog deals with leadership and how to develop and nurture adaptability; but, I cannot hold my tongue as I continue to watch our political candidates for President of the United States “pander” to the voters-telling them what they want to hear vice what they need to hear. I also believing in using real-world examples in how to or not how to develop leaders.

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I was very fortunate to visit the United States Military Academy at West Point NY April 15-18. I was invited by COL Sean Hannah, who is the Director of the new Army Center of Excellence for Professional Military Ethics. The visit went very well. (more…)

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