Booker T. Washington once wrote ‘character, not circumstance makes the person’. One of the main traits of being a leader is character. How we hold ourselves accountable to not only others but ourselves can be one of life’s great challenges. At times it may prove to be too much of a challenge.
So how do we develop character? There are many ways but like most things it starts with awareness, which I know from personal experience, was usually lacking in the person concerned. Myself included. Lacking in awareness that they had character flaws or lacking in the awareness of how to actually change.
In order to change we have to be intentional not merely wishing things will change. One of the greatest ways I have discovered over the years, is by playing golf. Yes, that crazy game once played by middle aged businessmen in way out clothes and now played by incredibly fit, talented and some supremely wealthy young men.
When I started playing, I had no real clue as to all the rules, even today I am not certain on some, as there are many in the game. But here’s what I learnt as I went along, not only about the rules but what I discovered about the great game that really can help build character and develop leadership skills, whether you are 8 or 68.
Tiger appeared to be of the same character when he was at the same age, but certain character flaws started to appeared in his twenties which developed into a much greater problem as the world saw a few years ago.