Inspiring people who lead with integrity move things forward, garner commitment from others and are willing to ask the tough questions when necessary. These are the real leaders who generate and sustain cultures of character in organizations. Decent People, Decent Company puts the power to develop the core qualities of leadership character into the hands of anyone dedicated to bringing integrity, respect and personal responsibility back to the workplaceregardless of his or her place in the organization. Drawing on more than 25 years of experience working with hundreds of CEOs, managers and teams, this innovative husband-and-wife team provides both the inspiration and the tools to help people move from asking "Why don't they?" to asking "What can I?" With their original and dynamic Leadership Character Model, the Turknetts have captured the essence of what it takes to revitalize attitudes and behavior, unleash leadership integrity and reinvigorate organizations. Decent People, Decent Company identifies the eight essential traits of leadership character: empathy, emotional mastery, lack of blame, humility, accountability, courage, self-confidence and focus on the whole. In chapters that focus on each quality individually, dozens of leaders, in their own words, bring to life the struggles and triumphs of developing the behaviors of character and ethical leadership required to bring out the best in everyone. Contents Foreword Preface Acknowledgments About the Authors Introduction Part One: IntegrityThe Nature of Character 1 Character, Culture, and Change 2 The Leadership Character Model Part Two: RespectThe Will to Understand 3 Empathy 4 Emotional Mastery 5 Lack of Blame 6 Humility Part Three: ResponsibilityThe Power to Act 7 Accountability 8 Courage 9 Self-Confidence 10 Focus on the Whole Integrity at Work, and All the Time Afterword Notes Index

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