Articles on Ethics, Character and Leadership

These articles discuss leaders in various situations and how ethics and character apply to leadership.

It’s About Character

A leader’s character drives how they make decisions and treat others. True leadership occurs when people follow the leader as an act of their own free choice. Does your character inspire others to follow?

— Read It’s About Character** as published in Law Officer Magazine.

Ethics Training – Impact within Africa

Pointman Leadership Institute has been invited to provide Ethics Training in multiple countries within Africa. Our seminars on character-based leadership have been having a positive impact, as reported in this article by Pointman Team Director, Quintus Smit.

Internal Discipline

Ethical leadership requires adherence to principles, especially when dealing with conflicting responsibilities. A leader with character will also maintain discipline within their organization, even though it is not always easy or popular.

— Read Internal Discipline** as published in Law Officer Magazine.


The principle of confidence can be applied to all leadership situations. Become a confident leader even when you lack experience.


A leader will find respect and personal fulfillment by overcoming common fear and choosing to develop a character of courage. Some traits of an ethical leader with courage are a willingness to make tough decisions, accept rejection, and are willing to seize the initiative.

— Read Leadership Courage** as published in Law Officer Magazine.

Respect over Popularity

Leaders who desire respect have found the road demands more than popularity, ease or caution; it demands the observed demonstration of doing the right thingĀ. Ethical Leaders desire to do the right thing by considering the law, policy, motive and moral/ethical considerations.

Serve Your Followers

Successful Leaders promote Servant Leadership as the best way to equip your followers. A survey report indicates that a failure to equip was the top failure of leadership reported.

— Read Serve Your Followers** as published in Law Officer Magazine.

Loyalty – Leading and Following

Loyal leaders develop loyal followers by demonstrating ethical following. A leader will develop loyal followers by demonstrating the appropriate use of decisions based on principle and/or preference.

— Read Loyalty – Leading and Following** as published in Law Officer Magazine.


The leader’s role as a mentor is not only passing on skills but transference of values, principles, ethics and attitude. Mentoring is a time consuming, yet valuable tool that develops character.

— Read Mentoring** as published in Law Officer Magazine.

Leaders’ Motives Matter

Followers follow leaders whose decisions and actions are based on motives which reflect a character of integrity, fairness, professionalism, loyalty and morality. We all have motives, knowing your motives for seeking and exercising leadership is very important.

Self Control

Who would want to give control of their life to a leader who can’t control their own? The character of self control is essential to leadership, not natural and is developed over time.– Read Self Control** as published in Law Officer Magazine.


Law enforcement demands a tenacious attitude toward maintaining professionalism, ethical behavior and perseverance in a physical struggle.

— Read Tenacity** as published in Law Officer Magazine.

Leaders Earn Trust

Every phase of leadership necessitates trust. Trust is built by followers observing ethical and principle based leadership.

Train with Conviction

The most effective training comes from a strong belief in your subject and sincere concern for the learners. Your conviction about what you teach will be evident to your students. Similarly, a leader’s belief in what he or she says will also be evident to their followers.

Read Train with Conviction** as published in Law Officer Magazine.

Leaders Create Vision

Authorities on Leadership identify Vision as an essential characteristic of a successful leader. Vision can be a powerful tool that motivates, educates, gives direction and challenges an organization.

Fitness and Self-Control

Leaders can demonstrate the character of self-control through physical fitness.

Leaders and Communications

Effective and intentional communications do not happen by accident. A leader with character takes the time and effort to listen, with intent and humility, to others.

Read Leaders and Communications** as published in Law Officer Magazine.

Discipline – Self and Others

A leader with character maintains self-discipline and, when dealing with subordinates, takes care to “praise in public and chew out in private.”

Leadership Diligence

A great leader will develop a character defined by diligence and inspire others to develop the same character. Success requires diligence, which is a commitment to excel at your work, be a continuous learner, do your homework, and then work hard.

Keeping Peace

Keeping the peace is usually easier when done from a position of power than of weakness. However, the appropriate use of restraint of that power is an admirable character trait of a true leader.

Read Keeping Peace** as published in Law Officer Magazine.

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