Group photo from the C2C in Mt. Lebanon, PA on November 7, 2018

A group of Wake Foresters gathered over dinner in Mt. Lebanon, PA on November 7, 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 a parent, work colleague, doctor, and local celebrity, 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. This has been especially evident in the greater Pittsburgh community with the recent tragedy at the Tree of Life Synagogue.
  • Through stories and comments, our group demonstrated that real leadership requires empathy and the ability to listen. Kindness matters. We expanded this idea to include examples of volunteerism.
  • 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.