Essential Leadership Character Traits Summary

[Training Boys to be Future Leaders Summary] Pulling It All Together. I’ve covered seven different characteristics J. Oswald Sanders considers essential to leadership: Discipline, Vision, Wisdom, Decision, Courage, Humility, and Integrity and Sincerity. We’ve discussed how you can train your boys to reach these goals. These thoughts focus on parents, but apply to coaches or other leaders, too. You must add one additional ingredient to make an impact on any young man’s life. You must care about him and his training. If you don’t show it, he won’t own it. No matter how exhausted you are at the end of… Continue reading

The 7th Essential Quality of Leadership

Leadership Essential #7 – Integrity and Sincerity The Integrity Issue If you interact with anyone without integrity, you will understand quickly that you cannot trust them. The boy lacking integrity will tell you one thing and do another. Then, even when caught in the act, they will lie or try to explain away what they have done. They will not be honest. Could you work with an employee like this? Would this be a model boy to use as an example? I would say a resounding “No” in both cases. What Are Integrity and Sincerity? Integrity has several definitions. The… Continue reading

The 5th Essential Quality of Leadership

{Courage} Training Boys to be Future Leaders, Part 6 Courage is… Oswald Sanders provides an insightful definition. Courage is “that quality of mind which enables men to encounter danger or difficulty with firmness, or without fear or depression of spirits.” Fail Forward. No, that’s not a typo. Sometimes, instead of failing and falling backward, your boy needs to fall, or rather, fail forward. It’s a mindset—a positive spin on what’s commonly seen as a negative result. Look for progress. Most failure is not final. Boys tend to be natural explorers with their mind, heart, body, or soul. But you can… Continue reading

4th Essential Quality of Leadership

{Decision} Training Boys to be Future Leaders, Part 5 The Mark of a True Leader. We’ve learned about teaching boys discipline, vision, and wisdom. These are all foundation stones for the next facet of leadership—decision. “When all the facts are in, swift and clear decision is the mark of a true leader.” J. Oswald Sanders Despite the consequences, the will of the crowd, the objections of those with less information or understanding, the leader stands for the harder right, not the easier wrong. We see this in many of the great leaders in the Bible and in world leaders. But… Continue reading