Group photo from the C2C in Port Tobacco, MD on October 1, 2018

A group of Wake Foresters gathered over dinner in Port Tobacco, MD on October 1, 2018 to discuss Leadership & Character.

Overview and highlights of our Call to Conversation:

  • Everyone at the table shared personal examples of character by telling stories of individuals including bosses, mothers, a roommate and a lawyer, just to name a few. We were very encouraged by the notion of everyday character, noting that it is all around us if you look for it.
  • Through stories and comments, our group demonstrated that character most often comes out of actions requiring sacrifice and empathy.
  • We discussed the question, “Can 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. As we dove into more of the discussion about modeling the right behaviors to produce character we realized that respect is necessary in all interactions and character takes practice. Ultimately, we discovered that an attitude of gratitude is a great way to start modeling character.