Leadership & Character | Winston-Salem, NC

  • As we discussed character and leadership, the most common phrase voiced over nine times was “doing the right thing.” Another thread woven throughout our responses was that character is learned from those around us – often family members, but also friends and mentors.
  • Snapshots of character and leadership were shared with stories of fathers, grandparents, wives, friends, ministers and presidents.
  • Character is doing the right thing, regardless of praise and often at a sacrifice.
  • The idea of “resumé” virtues versus “eulogy” virtues was noted. We thoughtfully considered a few of our Wake Forest heroes who have led lives of character: Porter Byrum, Chris Paul and Coach Tom Walter.
  • When asked what advice we might give current students, there was enthusiastic agreement among the table to get involved, savor the time, build relationships with all types of people, and  “live fearlessly in pursuit of yourself.”


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