Character has, throughout history, been one of the most prominent factors in determining the attributes of a good leader. Yet modern leaders are often disconnected from this basic truth, and the seminal importance that leadership character attributes play in determining the efficacy of an individual in managing a team is frequently not recognised.
Leadership character is defined as an interlocking mix of virtuous character traits, with the central one being Judgement, and the remainder all intertwined with that concept. In order to be effective, a leader needs to maximise all of these character traits together. If one or two are prioritised at the expense of others, and an imbalance of character virtues occur, the result is poor leadership, and this can affect the output and morale of teams, the business culture and the attrition rate.