by Christian B. Miller

Consider some famous names from the business world in recent years. Bernie Madoff. Ken Lay. Bernie Ebbers. What do they all have in common? One thing is that they each demonstrated a tremendous failure of character. They acted viciously with no signs of a moral compass, and as a result, they destroyed their companies and their professional lives.

Character exists and character matters. A person with a bad character can poison a workplace, alienate clients, and even bankrupt a company. But what is character? And what constitutes a good character?