Call to Conversation in Minneapolis on November 14, 2017.

A group of Wake Foresters gathered over dinner in Minneapolis on November 14, 2017, to discuss leadership and character.

We all seemed to agree that first introductions to leadership in character in the workplace have lasting effects on our own leadership development, as well as our lasting professional aspirations.

With a group as small as ours, we found that we tended to share many beliefs, politically and otherwise. However, I found it interesting that we chose to speak in respectful generalities rather than focus our discussion on any one figure or politician’s personal character. Gender and generation featured heavily in our discussion as determining factors in leadership and character.

Lively discussion generated from stories in which a subordinate employee stood up to a figure of power. We had some serious courage in the group!

When it came to the question of “teachability,” we discussed the importance of good modeling and confidence.  You cannot teach someone good character; you can only show them what it looks like.