The Six Pillars of Strong Personality and Traits of Good Character, Why It is Important?9 min read
Our reality consists of many components in which we are one of them; moreover, our expressions are called personalities with which we reflect our “Self” which is the inner psyche.
However, personalities differ; we have strong personality and weak personality depending on some universal social criteria.
Have you ever wondered what a strong personality would be like?
What is strong personality?
By what traits and features a strong personality is traced?
Why is strong character important?
What is good character?
What are the six pillars of character?
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We are going to shed a lime light over all those issues!
What is good character?
“Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.”– Abraham Lincoln.
A person is considered to have good character when he has got some attributes such as integrity, honesty, courage, loyalty, fortitude, and other important virtues that promote good behavior and habits.
Plus, character is what makes us remarkable of who we are as a person, and it also highly affects the choices which we make and the decisions which we take in our lives.
What are the six pillars of character?
It is being honest to yourself first and then to your community, non-deceitful to any and not a thief.
It is also about being reliable — do what you say you’ll do, having the courage to do the right thing and building a good reputation.
Also, loyalty is a major thing; for example, standing by your family and friends.
Treat others with respect; through following the Golden Rules:
Be tolerant and accepting of differences
Use good manners, and never bad language
Be considerate of the feelings of others
Do not threaten, hit or hurt anyone
Deal peacefully and rather logically with anger, insults, and disagreements as natural processes
A responsible person is someone who does what he is supposed to do; plus, some traits of a responsible person are as followed:
Plan ahead for the near future
Persevere: keep on trying! Never give up
Always do your best to the fullest
Be self-disciplined and self-composed
Think before you act — consider the consequences
Mind your words, actions, and attitudes
Set a good example for others
It is all about doing the following:
Play by the rules
Take turns and share appropriately
Be open-minded; listen to others and feel them
Do not take advantage of others
Do not blame others carelessly
Treat all people kindly
Do not rush in your judgments
To be caring, you should:
Help people in need
To be a good citizen, you should:
Do your share to make your home, school and community much better
Cooperate whether in house works or business affairs
Get involved in social community affairs
Stay informed; vote
Be a good neighbor
Obey laws and rules
Protect the environment
Volunteer in good institutions
Why is character important?
Since Character is described by Ralph Waldo Emerson as, “The quiet reserved value creating force of the person, untouched by circumstances or external pressures.”, so there must be reasons behind the importance of character such as:
Good character builds the trust needed for success
It is often known that when one has the perception of leadership in mind, they should work hard on other characteristics rather than their character only, and that happens as they attempt to reach their goal.
Being knowledgeable, voluble and attractive with many good industry contacts might seem that you are doing a great job in terms of influencing those around you.
However, if any of them think that your character is flawed, then you do not actually have the potential to lead and affect positively anyone of those you want to.
Character helps you to perform your role
Whether you’re a leader, aspiring leader or just trying to impress your boss, take a deep breath with a step back to understand and realize how your character has such an effect over the way you perform your role.
This is of a great help for you in order to be clearer and more confident in your choices, rather than either following other people or making inappropriate decisions to ‘get ahead’ at work.
Leaders with morals motivate their employees
Strong characters are most likely to be indispensable from having a strong moral code bond.
Good moral character often comes from a person’s ethics and virtues that they believe in and maintain in their daily life decisions.
Moreover, development of your moral character comes along by prioritizing aspects of your life on one hand and analyzing how bad moral character might affect those working for you on the other.
One last thing, being loyal to your own morals and to your employees would make a very good motivation for both of you alike.
Your character gives you empathy
Empathy is a constant companion which is definitely needed for leadership because being empathetic means that you see situations from the point of view of others and the reasons why they might act in a different way.
It is necessary to actually figure out behavioral differences, so next time if you are struggling with why one of your employees did something wrong, you will be able to capture the differences in your thought processes and natural character which makes each of you act in a certain way that is different from another depending on the case each one is put through. Plus, remember: every action has its reaction(s).
How does a strong personality look like?
What are the major traits of a strong personality?
You are opinionated and convincing, but not arrogant
You know your own mind and you aren’t easily swayed and taken by others.
Discussing matters of significance with people and being competent in debating your case are essential parts of a strong personality.
In spite of that, you also should be very happy to listen to the viewpoints made by others and you never deprecate them or come across in an arrogant way.
You are decisive
You view the options carefully, but you do not get yourself exhausted so much that you suffer from paralysis by analysis.
Both mind and spirit are to be trusted to be responsible for making the correct decisions. Therefore, you should be strict, robust and straightforward!
You do not put up with excuses
Strong personalities do not put up with excuses.
When you have a strong personality, you won’t be willing to listen to people waste time moaning about what they could have done.
You would rather concentrate on what you can do and how you can overcome obstacles to do more.
Plus, never question yourself for not making excuses because there might be a lot of reasons that you cannot do something; however, there are more reasons that you can.
You hate small talk
Being a person of strong character won’t be able to hold short small talks since you have a lot in mind to say, express, discuss and make arguments upon.
As a result, small talks would never be of a great satisfaction for you.
You will feel that you are never fulfilled and content with that, yet on the opposite—you would feel the desire for more ‘new’ knowledge so that would not be a waste of time.
You cannot stand insensitivity, idiocy or ignorance
First of all, we should draw a sharp distinction between dominating personalities which are originated from and featured with a lack of influence or knowledge; however, strong personalities which are the result of being thoughtful, self-disciplined and well-informed.
Furthermore, because you have put time and effort into using your brain for good, then it is hateful when people make instant rush judgments over things they have no clue about.
This might be one of the best qualities someone can maintain, but not because you can use your knowledge to influence people.
It is because you can use it to encourage people to actually think about what they say before it falls out of their mouth.
You choose your “inner circle” carefully
Strong people are unique since they do not require approval or even think of it.
The powerful among us wisely understand that “those who mind, don’t matter” and “those who matter, don’t mind.
“In fact, those who are fortunate enough to have a strong person as their friend have undoubtedly obtained the trust and respect they actually need of the strong individual”.
Plus, to the strong, these are the only type of people that can truly be called friends who willingly accepted all their imperfection.
You do not require attention
Strong personalities are usually the focal point of attention of any discussion.
Their achievements are crowned in each conversation held among the public; attention is gained naturally, certainly never required to be constructed.
In fact, strong people can become somewhat solitary sometime, which may be explained by the fact that people need strong people around so that they can recharge their batteries.
You see problems as an opportunity
“Security and comfort” are the usual elements people need and cherish in their life; however, the strong among us differ from us in this respect in two important ways: they are less concerned about security and comfort, so whenever problems happen out of a lack of security and/or comfort, they start to set a quick yet reasonable plan.
Strong people are distinguished to be keen on converting problems to opportunities which is a truly rare trait.
You do not dwell on the past
Strong personalities are only engaged in the present moment ‘the now’.
To them, what’s gone is gone and it does not make sense to spend too much time thinking about it anymore.
They would be much more interested in what’s happening right now and how it is going to impact their future.
Those future goals we just mentioned are what urge in the present and they definitely prefer channeling their energy into the now rather than onto the past.
All in all, “Why am I as I am? To understand that of any person, his whole life, from Birth must be reviewed.
All of our experiences fuse into our personality.
“Everything that ever happened to us is an ingredient.”—Malcolm X.
“Only strong personalities can endure history, the weak ones are extinguished by it.”—Friedrich Nietzsche.