Warren Buffet once remarked, “In looking for people to hire, you look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. And if you don’t have the first, the other two will kill you.”
Strong character builds strong organizations. If your leaders are trustworthy, constituents are more likely to donate, campus experience is improved, and student and employee retention goes up. Your institution thrives. Integrity yields success.
Conversely, we have all seen the repercussions of a lack of character as organizations are damaged by financial mismanagement, abuse of power, or misconduct. Personal integrity has institutional implications. Hiring employees of poor character costs an organization. When that individual is a leader, the stakes become even higher.
Character expresses itself in countless ways that impact performance, from the hours an employee puts in, to the way he or she treats coworkers, to the way he or she responds in a crisis.
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