“Credentials can never accomplish what character can.”- John Maxwell
Character comes from who we are.
But some people would like to be judged not by who they are, but by the titles they have earned or the position they hold, regardless of the nature of their character.
Their desire is to influence others by the weight of their credentials rather than the strength of their character.
- Are transient
- Turn the focus to rights
- add value to only one person
- look to past accomplishments
- often evoke jealousy in others
- can only get you in the door
- is permanent
- keeps the focus on responsibilities
- adds value to many people
- builds a legacy for the future
- generates respect and integrity
- keeps you there
No number of titles, degrees, offices, designations, awards, licenses, or other credentials can substitute basic honest integrity when it comes to influencing others.