A group of Wake Foresters gathered over dinner in Virginia Beach, VA on October 11, 2018 to discuss Leadership & Character.

Overview and highlights of our Call to Conversation:

  • We were all enriched by the particular stories of character shown and the people whom displayed it. 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 can be embodied through standing up for what is needed for the greater good. Though we have seen examples of this done in a harsh tone in our lives, we noted the bosses and people in our lives that did it with elegance, diplomatically navigating negotiations with candor to accomplish the goal.
  • 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.
  • Another memorable moment of the conversation was when we began to tally what was needed to impart character on campus. People shared that accountability was essential, whether in individual actions or applying a recourse of action to correct a diverted path.