A group of Wake Foresters gathered over dinner in Aurora, CO on November 13, 2018 to discuss Leadership & Character.

Overview and highlights of our Call to Conversation:

  • Much was discussed about small acts of character done consistently over time. “It’s all about the small acts – just do something.” It is the emblematic small acts that accumulate to the big moments.
  • Character can be interchanged with integrity. What would make me a better person? Bravery and kind little acts. It comes down to how you treat people every day. How you stand up when no one else will. We discussed grit being a key word – having the grit to do this consistently.
  • We can be humbled by the exhibition of character in others. How often do we look at the virtue of others, and learn from it? Does what we are defining as character need a model?
  • There are more people beyond good and bad people. Point of view is key. People with good character are not immune to the decision process about doing the right thing.
  • It is the truthfulness of the actions that count. Character is the undertone of someone we admire. There is an inherent kindness in the people in the stories we shared. It is the inclusivity of kindness to others. You exhibit the behavior you want to see in others. It is all about becoming better humans.