Today, global competition and automation threaten the livelihoods of Americans more than ever. At the same time, the gulf between the “successful” and “unsuccessful” grows, whether measured in terms of income, wealth, or happiness. Ironically, a growing body of evidence supports the view that success depends crucially on the behaviors and traits we traditionally refer to as “character.” This raises important questions for individuals, policymakers, and businesses: What are the implications of the current trends in the American character? How does pragmatic “performance character” relate to our idealistic concept of “moral character?” How should we seek to promote character strengths? What might our “endgame” look like? We’ll examine this fascinating topic and provide insights to jump-start your own thinking.
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