Skills and Talents Will Fail
Character and Virtue Will Last
At A & D Auto Body, our biggest focus is on leadership. When we are trained as leaders, we have the ability to make sound decisions, grow ourselves, and do better when it comes to providing the best auto body repairs for your vehicle.
One issue that has come to light recently is why highly skilled and highly talented leaders end up failing. These individuals know their stuff, they are phenomenal at organization, but they are lacking severely in one area that is essential: their character isn’t up to snuff.
Begin with the End in Mind
You have probably heard of Steven Covey. And you have likely read his book about beginning with the end in mind. Let’s take it all the way to the end. To your funeral.
After you have died, and your friends and family deliver your eulogy, what will they talk about? Will they mention how wonderful an engineer you were? How you had a knack for corporate organization? How your flowcharts were impeccable, and the systems you built to keep your company running were highly transferrable? Of course not! Eulogies aren’t about talents and skills; they’re about virtue and character.
Hopefully during your funeral you will be talked about as being honest. The eulogy will go on and on about your patience, your humility, and your perseverance. It is because of these things that you were successful, and these are the foundations and building blocks.
Character isn’t Talent
When you are writing a cover letter or filling out your resume, how do you list your skills and talents? Do you list that your proficient at humility? That you’ve been highly trained in patience and honesty? That you have the talent of respect? The idea is absurd; character isn’t talent. It’s not a skill that you acquire through classroom instruction.
Character, however, does need to be practiced. Character is a choice that comes with wisdom of knowing how to react. When you have character and virtue, people will know how to address you, because you won’t be unpredictable.
Talented Leaders Fail due to a Poor Foundation
We have all had that boss. The one that is really good at their job, but their people skills are garbage. They’re highly talented, they’re incredible well versed at what they do, and the only reason things get done is because they’re strict and enforce the rules. But ultimately, these people fail because they didn’t start with a foundation of character.
A & D Auto Body Encourages You to Practice Character
Character can be developed; it is developed with practice. Our goal is to be the best collision repair shop in all of Montana. To get there, we have a standard of uncompromising integrity. Are you ready to take yourself to the next level? Choose 5 virtues from the list, and incorporate them into your character. Practice one each day next week and see how you change and grow.
When you have “mastered” one, move on and master another. But remember to circle back and continue to work on those that are now coming easier, and take it to the next level.
Over time, you will notice that talents and skills will follow as the foundation is built and solid.