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Understanding Character

by Ron Kurtus (updated 16 March 2023)

Character consists of a set of behavior traits or way the you conduct yourself.

It is important in your everyday activities and determines how other people judge your character or the type of person you are.

When you have good or positive character, you act in a manner that is honorable, courageous, compassionate and ethical. It results in being viewed with respect, overcoming the difficult and feeling good about yourself. This increases your esteem and self-respect, as well as allows you to prosper. A bad reputation can even affect your confidence and relationship with others.

But also, the character traits of your workers and customers are important in your business activities. Poor character can result in loss of profits and business. Establishing rules of behavior as well as setting a good example can help to maintain good character among your people.

Having good character is important to us all in maintaining a good position in society and a favorable opinion of yourself. Having poor character affects whether others want to deal with you or your business.

My name is Ron Kurtus, and I want to help you get a start at improving your knowledge about character and reaping its benefits. It is also useful for educators and those studying leadership roles. If you have any questions, send me an email.

Character Contents


Purpose of Lessons on Character

Introduction to Character

Character is important

In life

Character Important for Success in Life

Your Character is Important to Others

Concern for Character of Children

Character of Your Children is Important to You

In business

Character Important for Success of Business

Character of Workers Important to Success of Business

Character of Management is Important to Business

Character of Sales Staff Important to Success of Business

Your Character Important to Your Business

Understanding character

Understanding Character

Character versus Personality

Character is learned

You Learn Rules of Character

How Children Learn Character

How Oprah Winfrey Gained Her Character

How Artie Shaw Learned Character from His Parents

John D. Rockefeller Learned Character from Parents

How character is changed

How Adults Change Their Character

Motivations to Change Your Own Character

Imposter Changed His Character

Character is judged

Others Judge Your Character

Judging Your Own Character

Judging the Character of Others

Character trait classifications

Three Character Trait Classifications

Universal Law of Character

General features

Benefits of Positive Character

Extremes in Good Character

Benjamin Franklin's Thirteen Virtues

Personal character traits

Personal Character Traits

Ambition is a Drive for Success

Determination Shows Character

What Would I Do if I Were Brave? - includes MP3 song

Being Responsible Shows Character

Social character traits

Social Character Traits

Being Trustworthy Shows Character

Honesty Shows Good Character

Stealing is a Negative Character Trait


Advantages of Being Reliable

A Poor Winner Has Poor Character

Cultural character traits

Cultural Character Traits


Being Moral Shows Character

Relationship of Ten Commandments to Character


Cub Scout Character Ideals

Using the Boy Scout Oath as a Character Guide

Girl Scout Character Program


Character Conflict of Corporate Greed

Leading others in character

Create a Character Culture in Your Business

Teaching character

Cheating in School - from Tricks for Good Grades

Lessons from Strategies to Succeed in Education

Interpreting Aesop's Fables to Teach Values by Barbara Hailey

Teaching the Virtues by William J. Bennett, former Secretary of Education

Character books

Summaries on books on character

Character is Destiny by Sen. John McCain

Character Strengths and Virtues by Dr. Christopher Peterson and Dr. Martin Seligman

Values of the Game by former Sen. Bill Bradley

Social character in young men

From the book: "The Men They Will Become" by Eli H. Newburger M.D., Harvard Medical School


Varieties of Dishonesty

Honesty and Conflicting Perspectives

Honesty and Slanted Truth

Honesty and Lessons from the Law

Rewarding Honesty

Honesty and Entrapment

When Not to Tell the Truth

Honesty and Parental Awareness

Honesty, Trust and Intimacy


Boys and Cheating

Why Do Students Cheat?

Attitudes Toward Cheating

Who Loses with Cheating?

Cheating and Trust


Character Resources

Survey results

See results of survey questions

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