Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Are You Being the Best Person You Can Be?

Roman copy in marble of a Greek bronze bust of Aristotle by Lysippus, c. 330 BC.
After Lysippos [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Imagine a person who:
  • Always knows what to say
  • Can diffuse a tense situation
  • Deliver tough news gracefully
  • Confident without being arrogant
  • Brave but not reckless
  • Generous but never extravagant
[Source: Aristotle and Virtue Theory]
We owe it to our teams to be the best person we can be. As part of the 2017 Wildland Fire National Leadership Campaign, we will focus on various aspects of leading authentically. In this blog, we focus on the concept of virtues and the fundamental traits of character.
The vast majority of Americans share a respect for certain fundamental traits of character: honesty, compassion, courage, and perseverance. These are virtues. - William J. Bennett, The Book of Virtues
Wildland Fire Leadership Challenge - Digging a Little Deeper
  • Read The Character-Based Leader: Instigating a Leadership Revolution...One Person at a Time.
"The Character-Based Leader" book cover (One match lighting a series of matches on fire)
  • Parents: Consider reading William Bennett's The Book of Virtues with your children. 
"The Book of Virtues" book cover. (Various children reading and learning)

Download your copy of the 2017 Wildland Fire National Leadership Campaign Reference Guide today!

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