Group photo from the C2C in Winston Salem, NC on October 4, 2018


A group of Wake Foresters gathered over dinner in the Worrell Professional Center on Thursday, October 4, 2018 to discuss Leadership.

Overview and highlights of our Call to Conversation:

Influential leaders in our lives come from many places – parents, colleagues, clients, teachers, coaches, bosses and the military – and affect us throughout our entire lives. We recognize, see and feel good leadership, but it can be defined in different ways, through different qualities and can be situational.

  • Good leaders lead by example, have clear expectations, are good listeners and empathetic, elevate and focus on others, have core principles and values that guide their decision making.
  • Effective leaders have charisma, a vision and take the time to connect with who they are leading and trust their subordinates.
  • A key struggle for good leadership is the ability to balance competing priorities and with duty and obligation, while taking the time to be thoughtful and intentional in a world that moves very fast.
  • Treating others like you want to be treated (the Golden Rule) is simple, but also a thread that was mentioned throughout our conversation. This trait is both present and absent in prominent leaders today.