Building Character: Strengthening the Heart of Good Leadership
January 2007, Jossey-Bass
About the Author.
1. Character and Leadership.
2. Five Influential Attributes.
8. Next Steps.
Appendix A: Personal Values.
Appendix B: Assessing Leadership Character.
Appendix C: A Checklist of Good Leader Behaviors.
Appendix D: Leadership Character Scenarios.
Appendix E: Integrated Plan for Developing Leadership Character.
References and Suggested Readings.
About the Center for Creative Leadership.
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.
- Gene Klann is Senior Program Associate at CCL in Greensboro, North Carolina, where he trains the Center’s flagship offering, the Leadership Development Program Gene has also been an adjunct instructor at the Michigan Leadership Development Institute at Saginaw Valley State University, where he designed and delivered a leadership training series targeted to key business and community leaders.
- Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) is the world's largest institution devoted exclusively to research and education. For more than three decades, CCL has studied and trained hundreds of thousands of executives and worked with them to create practical models, tools and publications for the development of effective leaders and leadership.
—Keith A. Holliday, vice president, First Citizens Bank
"Klann correctly identifies the learning process for leaders and the necessary tools of leaders in all walks of life. If you want a practical model for leaders and leadership training, read this book!"
—Major General William F. Burns, U.S. Army (Retired); Distinguished Fellow, U.S. Army War College
"One only has to know Gene Klann for a short time to understand how deeply he cares about the positive effects of leadership qualities like character and integrity. When Gene speaks on these topics, I make the time to listen."
—Michael Kleist, vice president of information engineering, WSI
"Klann's astute insight into human behavior has been honed through years of real-life experience, from leading our military troops in the front lines to mediating in the corporate board room. His insights are invaluable."
—Charles Lange, president and CEO, CIGNYS
"Leadership successes, or failures, are the result of moral and ethical choices...the choices of character. All who lead—or want to lead—should open this book and dig in."
—General Hal M. Hornburg, U.S. Air Force (Retired); partner, Strategic Message Solutions
"Klann courageously confronts key challenges to personal integrity in this politically correct world of the new century with a book that should be read by any individual who wishes to be considered a leader."
—Lt. Col. Michael J. Barry, U.S. Army (Retired)