Tuesday, June 2, 2009

49 Character Traits

a Biblical thought...
Sing to God, sing praise to his name, extol him who rides on the clouds — his name is the LORD— and rejoice before him. A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families, he leads forth the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land. (Psalm 68:4-6)

a Book thought...
If the Commissioner is to have the responsibility, then he must have the power; and remember his power over his whole concern is largely a question of his power over his immediate top men. Anything that weakens him there, weakens him all round. (p266)
a Dave thought...
Here are the 49 character traits that many organisations are now looking for in future employees. Many believe it is more important to employ a person with character and skill them up rather than employ a skilled person and try and character them up. I encourage you to do a self assessment or better still get with a close friend and see how many of the 49 traits you demonstrate in your life.

ALERTNESS vs. Carelessness Being aware of what is taking place around me so I can have the right responses.
ATTENTIVENESS vs. Distraction Showing the worth of a person or task by giving my undivided concentration.
AVAILABILITY vs. Self-centeredness Making my own schedule and priorities secondary to the wishes of those I serve.
BENEVOLENCE vs. Selfishness Giving to others' basic needs without having as my motive personal reward.
BOLDNESS vs. Fearfulness Confidence that what I have to say or do is true, right, and just. CAUTIOUSNESS vs. Rashness Knowing how important right timing is in accomplishing right actions.
COMPASSION vs. Indifference Investing whatever is necessary to heal the hurts of others. CONTENTMENT vs. Covetousness Realizing that true happiness does not depend on material conditions.
CREATIVITY vs. Underachievement Approaching a need, a task, or an idea from a new perspective.
DECISIVENESS vs. Procrastination The ability to recognize key factors and finalize difficult decisions.
DEFERENCE vs. Rudeness Limiting my freedom so I do not offend the tastes of those around me.
DEPENDABILITY vs. Inconsistency Fulfilling what I consented to do, even if it means unexpected sacrifice.
DETERMINATION vs. Faintheartedness Purposing to accomplish right goals at the right time, regardless of the opposition.
DILIGENCE vs. Slothfulness Investing my time and energy to complete each task assigned to me.
DISCERNMENT vs. Shortsightedness Understanding the deeper reasons why things happen. DISCRETION vs. Simple-mindedness Recognizing and avoiding words, actions, and attitudes that could bring undesirable consequences.
ENDURANCE vs. Discouragement The inward strength to withstand stress and do my best.
ENTHUSIASM vs. Apathy Expressing joy in each task as I give it my best effort.
FAITH vs. Presumption Confidence that actions rooted in good character will yield the best outcome even when I cannot see how.
FLEXIBILITY vs. Resistance Willingness to change plans or ideas without getting upset. FORGIVENESS vs. Rejection Clearing the record of those who have wronged me and not holding a grudge.
GENEROSITY vs. Stinginess Carefully managing my resources so I can freely give to those in need.
GENTLENESS vs. Harshness Showing consideration and personal concern for others. GRATEFULNESS vs. Unthankfulness Letting others know by my words and actions how they have benefited my life.
HONOR vs. Disrespect Respecting those in leadership because of the higher authorities they represent.
HOSPITALITY vs. Loneliness Cheerfully sharing food, shelter, or conversation to benefit others.
HUMILITY vs. Pride Acknowledging that achievement results from the investment of others in my life.
INITIATIVE vs. Idleness Recognizing and doing what needs to be done before I am asked to do it.
JOYFULNESS vs. Self-pity Maintaining a good attitude, even when faced with unpleasant conditions.
JUSTICE vs. Corruption Taking personal responsibility to uphold what pure, right, and true. LOYALTY vs. Unfaithfulness Using difficult times to demonstrate my commitment to those I serve.
MEEKNESS vs. Anger Yielding my personal rights and expectations with a desire to serve.
OBEDIENCE vs. Willfulness Quickly and cheerfully carrying out the direction of those who are responsible for me.
ORDERLINESS vs. Confusion Arranging myself and my surroundings to achieve greater efficiency.
PATIENCE vs. Restlessness Accepting a difficult situation without giving a deadline to remove it. PERSUASIVENESS vs. Contentiousness Guiding vital truths around others' mental roadblocks. PUNCTUALITY vs. Tardiness Showing esteem for others by doing the right thing at the right time.
RESOURCEFULNESS vs. Wastefulness Finding practical uses for that which others would overlook or discard.
RESPONSIBILITY vs. Unreliability Knowing and doing what is expected of me.
SECURITY vs. Anxiety Structuring my life around that which cannot be destroyed or taken away.
SELF-CONTROL vs. Self-Indulgence Rejecting wrong desires and doing what is right. SENSITIVITY vs. Callousness Perceiving the true attitudes and emotions of those around me. SINCERITY vs. Hypocrisy Eagerness to do what is right with transparent motives.
THOROUGHNESS vs. Incompleteness Knowing what factors will diminish the effectiveness of my work or words if neglected.
THRIFTINESS vs. Extravagance Allowing myself an others to spend only what is necessary.
TOLERANCE vs. Prejudice Realizing that everyone is at varying levels of character development.
TRUTHFULNESS vs. Deception Earning future trust by accurately reporting past facts. VIRTUE vs. Impurity The moral excellence evident in my life as I consistently do what is right.
WISDOM vs. Foolishness Seeing and responding to life situations from a perspective that transcends my current circumstances.

Just a thought.

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