Group photo from the Call to Conversation in Winston Salem, NC on August 21, 2018

A group of Wake Forest faculty and staff gathered over lunch on August 21, 2018 to discuss Leadership & Character.

Overview and highlights of our Call to Conversation:

  • We spent time discussing character in repetition and examples of character that spans generations. We began to develop a working definition of character that touched on the ideas of sacrifice and integrity. Via our examples and others that we’ve seen, we determined that while we may start with a basis of good character at a young age, character and leadership can be modeled for others to emulate.
  • A few recurring themes were: selflessness, compassion, self-awareness, intentionality, balance and a general desire to do something because it was either the right thing to do or because it eliminated problems for someone else.
  • Nearing the end of our conversation, one example was shared regarding a stressful time at WFU and the thought that by doing the right thing on behalf of someone else (students, parents, faculty, staff, etc.,) – we win. This sums up our conversation well, and the idea that though sacrifice may be an essential part of leadership and character, there are often great things that follow.