A group of Wake Foresters gathered over dinner at the Wake Washington Center in Washington, D.C. on March 4, 2019 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, boss, non-profit leader and campus administrator, 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.
  • Through stories and comments, our group demonstrated that real leadership requires empathy and the ability to listen. Kindness matters. “The hard thing is usually the right thing.” We were challenged to think not about ourselves but the greater good and we were especially touched by a memory of “The Greatest Generation.”
  • We considered the idea of David Brooks’ eulogy virtues and resume virtues. Qualities including civility, integrity and humility emerged.