Character is the most powerful, differentiating and controllable leadership strength you can possess. Powerful because it leverages your skills and hard work, differentiating because surprisingly few leaders make it their focus, and controllable because you are the creator of your character.
We are facing disruptive and interconnected forces that are reaching farther, digging deeper and coming faster than ever before. Business schools and educational institutions need to be pro-active on how we can best prepare Canada’s current and future leaders to succeed in the context of disruption.
Tom Jenkins, the Chairman of OpenText Corporation in Waterloo, spoke to HBA students at Ivey Business School this Thursday, November 3rd as a part of the Annual Ivey-Thomas D'Aquino Lecture on Leadership.
Character is a critical element of leadership, but it does not get the attention afforded to competency. Research by Ivey Professors Mary Crossan and Gerard Seijts is changing the nature of the conversation about good leadership by elevating the value of a leader’s character.