Group photo from the Call to Conversation in Burlington, VT on September 7, 2018

A group of Wake Foresters gathered over dinner in Burlington, VT on September 7, 2018 to discuss Leadership & Character.

Overview and highlights of our Call to Conversation:

Based on the various contributions and examples, we learned that good character can be practiced and observed in many different forms. It can be through a selfless act where one makes compromises for the greater good, while upholding a particular set of core values. Given some of the examples provided, we know that good character transcends across all paths and parts of the world, as it knows no language or cultural barriers.

Good character is when one stops in the moment to acknowledge and act on what is right. In doing so, good character calls for patience, empathy and forgiveness. Someone with good character will act on an opportunity to do what is right despite the challenge it might create for one’s self.

In most instances, individuals with good character are present not only in their conversations, but in their communities. Character therefore is when one stops to focus not on what they have to gain, but what they can help others to gain.