The Tree Matters more than the Shadow

Abraham Lincoln understood the importance of a good name. He said it like this . . .

“Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.”

When people look at you, what shadow do they see? The answer depends on your tree. The root determines the fruit.

Who you are on the inside will eventually be revealed.

If you want to make a difference this week and leverage your influence, make integrity your focus.

Remember, the tree matters more than the shadow.



What is one practical thing a leader can do to strengthen his character?



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Coach Brown

10 years ago

Deep "Platonic" imagery and thought, but true. Look beyond the reflected images to the original source to find the truth.


10 years ago

Thanks for commenting Coach!

Todd Hendrix

10 years ago

Say what you mean, and mean what you say.


10 years ago

That sums it up Todd!


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