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  • Jan 10, 2017
Mary Crossan | Character and competency go hand in hand

While assessing leaders at various levels in an organization, much discourse surrounds one’s abilities, competency, and knowledge.

However, Professor Mary Crossan argues we should not neglect a leader’s character, but instead help shape character through everyday learning experiences.

In the paper, The entanglement of leader character and leader competence and its impact on performance, Crossan says developing character and competence together can improve performance over time.

“We build on prior research that points to leader character as essential but often overshadowed by leader competence, and describe how entangling character and competence—that is, binding them together through a series of events across time—produces the leadership we seek,” she said.

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