From the depth of the heart springs life. That life is filled with qualities of character. Noah Webster, in 1828, defined character as a noun and as a verb:
CHARACTER, n. 1. A mark made by cutting or engraving, as on stone ... used to form words, and communicate ideas. 2. A mark or figure made by stamping or impression ... 4. The peculiar qualities, impressed by nature or habit on a person, which distinguish him from others; these constitute real character, and the qualities, which he is supposed to possess, constitute his estimated character, or reputation. Hence we say, a character is not formed, when the person has not acquired stable and distinctive qualities.
CHARACTER, v. 1. To engrave; to inscribe.
Christians, through a life of intimate prayer, allow God to character, or engrave, His attributes into their hearts and then in turn, they are to influence their neighbor, whoever that may be. This is leadership.