Group photo from the C2C in Ardmore, PA on October 25, 2018

A group of Wake Foresters gathered over dinner in Ardmore, PA on October 25, 2018 to discuss Leadership & Character.

Overview and highlights of our Call to Conversation:

  • Our group examined leadership and character in a variety of situations. Personal examples of leadership and character were shared by telling stories of individuals including our friends, spouses, and strangers, just to name a few. We were very encouraged by the notion of everyday character, noting that it is all around us if you slow down and look for it.
  • Through stories and comments, our group demonstrated that real leadership requires empathy and the ability to listen. We expanded this idea to include examples of people who “make a difference when no one is looking.” Character and leadership is not just what you say but what you do and one might never know the impact of their actions. It can be just one person’s deed that changes lives.
  • We considered the question, “Can leadership and character be taught?” Some traits were thought to be harder to learn than others, but we agreed that it is best learned when leadership and character are modeled or inspired. Finally, we concluded that there is not one specific model of leadership for success.