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What's In Your Code of Character? (You've got one, right?)


Daniel LeMoine is a social entrepreneur, change-maker, and writer. Here he writes at the intersection of faith, work, & building a matterful career.

What's In Your Code of Character? (You've got one, right?)

Dan LeMoine

At the school I serve we have a Code of Character for our students.

We work to point our students towards these attributes — encouraging and fostering them to berevolutionary, servant leaders, wise, relational, courageous, and perseverant. We even have these beautifully designed posters representing each one in classrooms and around campus as visual cues to remind ourselves to live into these things.

These traits (and thier foundatioanal and key verses are so powerful that I’ve begun to intentionally setting my own mind on these different attributes throughout the day, not just encourage our students in this way, but to actively work these into my own peronsal operating system as well.  

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
— Philippians 4:8

Below I’ve shared each with you in hope that several may ping you and you may find them valuable in pursuing your best work.

As a disciple of Christ, in my work and life, I am...


I seek first God’s kingdom and am transformed in how I think and act in all areas of my life.

"But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you." Matthew 6:33

Servant leader

I lead using power, authority, and influence to love and serve others because Jesus first loved and served me.

"For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45


I can distinguish where, when and how to apply my knowledge and understanding of God’s teachings to not just my personal life, but my professional life as well.

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
all those who practice it have a good understanding.
His praise endures forever!" Psalm 111:10


I celebrate that I am designed for connection to God and others, reflecting the unity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

"And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14


I risk doing what is right and good when faced with challenges, big or small.

"The wicked flee when no one pursues,
but the righteous are bold as a lion.” Proverbs 28:1


I move forward in confidence no matter the situation or possible outcome, trusting that God is good and in control.

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God." Hebrews 12:1-2

Wouldn't you agree that these are character traits necessary to win at both business and life in a way which honors God? So we set our minds on Truth and marshall our energies to compound these character traits in our lives.

Any traits I’ve missed which are worth adding to this list?

There's value in defining our character so we know when we are acting in accordance with or out of- character. 

Recently there's a great example where Cincinnati Reds' 1st Baseman Joey Votto self-admittedly acts "out of character." The fact that he admits this and corrects course to makes amends with a fan shows us he's defined what character is and what his character goals are.

With a clear idea of the character he is striving for, Votto knows when he is not acting in accordance with who he knows himself to be.