Articles | Character of a Leader

  • Michael Cardone Jr. is the Owner and Chief Strategy Officer of Cardone Industries, Inc., a leading producer of new and remanufactured auto parts. In this podcast, Michael shares with us his insights about how he's been able to live out Jesus' model of leadership in his workplace, and why it's important for every leader to understand whom or what they follow. Michael also dives into issues like success, and why defining what success means first is a critical part of leadership.

  • Kemmons Wilson Jr. (whose family founded the Holiday Inn chain) serves as the Chairman of the Board of Wilson Hotel Management. In today's podcast Mr. Wilson shares lessons he learned from his parents on character, integrity and the importance of living out strong biblical values in both personal and corporate life. As a successful businessman, Mr. Wilson shares ways seasoned leaders can pass on a strong work ethic and strong values to younger generations.

    He shares with us this sobering statement: "Reputation is built by many acts, but it's lost by one." 
  • Megan Pacheco

    Lukewarm leadership: We are supposed to be different

    Blog | Megan Pacheco | November 10, 2015


    The news headline caught my attention. It read: “Marathon Cheat Crosses the Line to Win Second Place.” Intrigued, I started reading about a marathon runner who was so determined to get on the podium that he resorted to cheating. Instead of running the race with all of his competitors, he hid among the spectators and rejoined the group of runners shortly before crossing the finish line.

    His success was short-lived. Soon after the race, the young man was exposed, arrested, and will be facing fraud charges. Ouch!

  • Mick Ukleja: Overcoming The Integrity Gap

    Podcast | October 21, 2015

    Mick Ukleja, Founder and President of LeadershipTraQ and an expert on Ethics, shares his insights about the ever-growing integrity gap among today's leaders. Based on years of experience of working with leaders and executives, Mick takes a practical approach to integrity and helps us understand how we can overcome the integrity and character gap personally and inside our organizations.

  • Megan Pacheco

    Desire for Control is Killing Your Organization

    Blog | Megan Pacheco | March 26, 2015

    Letting go is never easy.

    Many parents, for example, find it difficult to loosen the reins of control on their growing children — even in the face of startling statistics on the damage inflicted by controlling parents.

    As adults, 96% of people who had controlling parents worry and ruminate over confrontations. Close to 91% are extra sensitive to criticism, while 82% become perfectionists who are rarely satisfied with themselves.

  • The appropriate and healthy use of authority by a leader is a beautiful thing.  One of my favorite stories about the concept and use of authority by a leader is found in both Matthew 8 and Luke 7.  In this story, a Centurion approaches Jesus and initiates a dialogue, included in the dialogue is the confirmation of the Centurion’s keen understanding about the use of authority.  This Roman Centurion was likely very diligent with the military business of the Roman Army, since he was a key army leader at the “middle management level.”  He commanded a “century”, which consisted of about 100 Roma

  • Honesty and Leadership

    Blog | March 20, 2015

    Honesty is the single most important “building block” in the leader-follower relationship.  To many people, honesty is the same as sincerity, truthfulness, integrity, frankness, candor, and openness.  Though some leaders don’t consciously realize it, honesty includes not only telling the truth, but also leaving the right impression.  Albert Einstein said, “Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.”

  • Megan Pacheco

    Genuine or Imitation?

    Will You Treasure Your Name?

    Blog | Megan Pacheco | March 20, 2015

    “A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.” Proverbs 22:1-2

    Do you know the meaning of your name? Each of our names has its own special meaning, even though many parents today don’t pay much attention to it. Names used to tell so much more about a person.

    Some time ago, I was curious about my name. So I looked it up and found out that it means “pearl, the finest of things; the finest example of something.” Well, that’s nice!