You can learn the behaviors of a good leader, and act like one, but until you truly feel and believe in what you are doing, your “audience” may be left unconvinced, uninspired, and wanting more. By “audience” I mean anyone within the leader’s realm of influence – peers, direct reports, managers, customers, stakeholders. Like a realistic actor, the character-based leader engages his mind, heart, and soul in an authentic portrayal of the part. He’s not merely acting the part. He is leading.