Character – Activity: Develop Character
“Character is who we are when no one is watching.” – John Wooden
Personal qualities are positive character traits. Our character is revealed by our actions and based on our values and personal qualities. Learn more about different kinds of values and how to discover them at Map Your Values. Look over the qualities listed below and choose some that you would like to develop.
Core values have intrinsic worth, and many are universal across different cultures.
Six Pillars of Character from Character Counts:
Shared values from “Moral Courage” by Rushworth Kidder (Affiliate link: I receive a small commission at no additional cost to your if you click through and make a purchase with an affiliate link. Thank you for your support!)
Qualities from “The Book of Virtues” by William J Bennett (Affiliate link: I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you if you click through and make a purchase with an affiliate link. Thank you for your support!)
Personal values are more subjective and can vary. For example, one person may value art highly, while another places greater value on education. Find tools to choose your top values at Map Your Values.
Values at Work
Personal qualities are one of the three foundation skills identified by the Secretaries Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS). Employers want employees who display responsibility, self-esteem, sociability, self-management, and integrity and honesty. A pdf from the Job Center of Wisconsion provides a detailed list of self-management skills. Tools to explore personal qualities at List.ly: try a traits quiz to identify your personal qualities or use a Johari Window to ask others. If you were an employer, how would you describe your ideal employee? Compare your description to the list below.
What qualities are you looking for in a relationship? Likely many of those qualities are on these lists as well.
“Values are attributes of the person you want to be.” –20 Common Values at Nir and Far
Plan to Develop Character
“Good character is not formed in a week or month. It is created little by little, day by day. Protracted and patient effort is needed to develop good character”. – Heraclitus
- Choose a quality that you want to develop.
- Write down the definition. Definitions at The Virtues Project, Definitions at Character Lab
- Find a quotation about the quality. Inspirational quotes at passiton.com, and Reel Life Wisdom.
- Look for examples of actions that reveal the quality.
- Plan ways to increase the quality in yourself.
- Try an app from virtuesmatter.org.
- Get ideas for developing 52 qualities from the book “Healthy Wealthy and Wise: 52 Life-Changing Lessons for the Twenty-first Century” by Andrea Rains Waggener, inspired by Ben Franklin. (Affiliate link: I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you if you click through and make a purchase with an affiliate link. Thank you for your support!)
- Explore scenarios of situations with ethical choices(one of the clues to discover values at Map Your Values) at happierhuman.com
- Watch The Science of Character from Letitripple.org
Tools to Explore Values at List.ly | Tools to Explore Personal Qualities at List.ly | More tools at the Brand and Purpose Toolkit | Look at Your Values (Part 5 of the Discover U series | Learn more at Map Your Values
This is one of the weekly activities for a Year of Personal Development, and part of a self-assessment to uncover hidden talents.
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