Group photo from the C2C in Charlotte, NC on June 4, 2019

A group of Wake Foresters gathered over dinner in Charlotte, NC on June 4 , 2019 to discuss Leadership & Character.

Overview and highlights of our Call to Conversation:

  • The consensus was that character is learned and certainly influenced by environment but we also discussed the question: is there an innate component?
  • We saw character in action through the compassion and unity of our parents.
  • We observe servant leadership demonstrated by public figures.
  • We witness the desire of others, through their dedication, to give people what they need to be happy.
  • We have observed generous sharing with others when it wasn’t required.
  • Sometimes we learn character from our children. Sometimes children teach each other.
  • It is important to have a moral standard and to take responsibility.
  • Character enhances teamwork and problem solving.
  • Character is selflessly taking care of others.
  • It is important to be authentic and go beyond our baseline values. It is not necessary to be powerful to have character but be thoughtful.
  • We did not discuss national leaders. We focused on a more personal level but really did not talk about ourselves. It was agreed that perseverance in the face of adversity was a character trait to strive for. We should want to evolve our character by changing our baseline.
  • Our group values were caring, humility, kindness, compassion, honesty and consistency.
  • We decided that “it was not up to us to determine if we were people of character”.
  • “You never know across whose path your shadow may be cast”.