Thursday, November 17th, 2016
People use a variety of personal factors to judge your character. Since we can’t know everything that goes on inside someone’s head, people naturally use external cues to judge an individual’s character. One of the features we most frequently use to judge character is work ethic.
Character can be defined as “the mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual.” While we are all similar in some ways, it is our character that sets us apart from each and every other human. What you do, say, think, and feel all make up your unique characteristics.
Work ethic may mean different things to different people, depending on the situation. To some, a strong work ethic means working long, hard hours. To others it may mean working smart, which includes doing what it takes to produce the results they promise.
Someone with a solid work ethic is usually easy to spot: they get the job done and generally do so with a positive attitude. Ultimately, these individuals believe that their hard work or smart work will pay off in the end.
Most people enjoy feeling as though they have some level of control over their lives. As such, when a person believes that a strong work ethic leads to reward, it means they believe they can control their destiny in one way or another. In other words, those who have a strong work ethic often feel in control of their lives because they take full responsibility.
It is this attitude of personal responsibility demonstrated through your work ethic that will set you apart as a leader. After all, it demonstrates that leadership, determination, dependability, and reliability are all a part of your character.
Summing-up: While work ethic isn’t necessarily the whole picture of a person’s character, it is nevertheless a trait we use to judge one another. So take a few moments and reflect on your own work ethic.