Building Character: Strengthening the Heart of Good Leadership

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Building Character is written for leaders who understand their responsibility to develop authentic leaders within their organizations. Without presenting an overarching moral code or a prescriptive code of behavior, this book offers leaders and managers a practical model complete with the tools, information, and processes to develop character in leaders at all levels. The author explains the role character plays in leadership success and effectiveness and outlines how character can be developed through the Five E's—Example, Education, Experience, Evaluation, and Environment.
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Gene Klann is a senior member of the training faculty at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) in Greensboro, North Carolina. Prior to joining CCL, he was founder and president of Leadership International, an organization specializing in human relations, training, coaching, and management consulting.

The CENTER FOR CREATIVE LEADERSHIP is a nonprofit educational institution with international reach whose mission is to advance the understanding, practice, and development of leadership for the benefit of society worldwide. From its campuses in Greensboro, North Carolina; Colorado Springs, Colorado; San Diego, California; Brussels; and Singapore, it conducts research, produces publications and assessment tools, and offers a variety of educational programs. The Financial Times has ranked CCL among the world's top 5 providers of executive education. For more information, visit CCL's Web site at www.ccl.org.

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John Wiley & Sons
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Published on
Jan 6, 2007
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Pages
256
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ISBN
9780787988661
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English
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Genres
Business & Economics / Leadership
Business & Economics / Management
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