What Are the Character Traits that Ground Who You Are — Good and Bad?

A Personal Evolution Process (P.E.P.) to discover your dominant attitudes and behaviours.

Darren Stehle

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What does it mean when you say, ‘That person has no character?’

Usually, it’s used either as a polite insult or a condemnation of someone who you probably can’t trust. When you can’t trust someone, it’s because you don’t know who they are, meaning, you don’t know what they value. They might act shifty, never embodying or demonstrating a consistent set of character traits which makes it difficult to discern what they stand for, or what’s important to them. Without character, we can’t relate to another person, for the simple reason that there’s no ‘level ground’ that’s common between the two of you.

Before we get started, in my recent article, “Human(e) Thought Leadership: How to Be the Change for the Common Good Through Self-Mastery,” I suggested doing a short exercise to list the top 10 characteristics you aspire to or regularly demonstrate in your life. If you’re able to read that article and do the exercise before moving forward, you will get even more value out of today’s Personal Evolution Process.

What Are Character Traits?

A simple way of framing character traits is to think of an actor playing a character in a movie. The actor needs to embody the character’s attitude and personality for the viewer to believe how the actor is behaving. Character traits are what we use to describe who we are and how we act. For example, you can describe someone’s character as kind, thoughtful, aggressive, or aloof. The traits that we most embody are like the windows of a home through which people can see you as you truly are.

Your dominant character traits describe and demonstrate what you most value and believe in. These are the qualities that support your integrity. When you stand your ground in the truth of your authentic…

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Darren Stehle

I ghostwrite thought leadership articles for executive coaches to showcase your best ideas, increase client engagement, and drive change @ DarrenStehle.com