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Leadership & Character | Greenville, SC

Group photo from the C2C in Greenville, SC on August 1, 2019

A group of Wake Foresters gathered over dinner in Greenville, SC on August 1, 2019 to discuss Leadership & Character.

Overview and highlights of our Call to Conversation:

  • We spoke about the idea of paying it forward. Everyone around the dinner table spoke of a time when they were touched by someone of strong character and now we can think about how we can pay it forward.
  • We acknowledged the importance of remembering how fortunate we are and to be conscious of our ability to help others in whatever shape or form that may be.

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Community | Castle Rock, CO

Group photo from the C2C in Castle Rock, CO on July 30, 2019

A group of Wake Foresters gathered over dinner in Castle Rock, CO on July 30, 2019 to discuss Community.

Overview and highlights of our Call to Conversation:

  • We discussed personal examples of community, particularly the sentiment that community can be finding a place, wherever you are, to be with people who like you for who you are.
  • We also delved into a discussion about obstacles to community: can social media bring community together or tear community apart? How does the anonymity of social media play a role in community, positively and negatively?

 

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Pro Humanitate | Winston-Salem, NC

Group photo from the C2C in Winston Salem, NC on July 17, 2019

A group of Wake Foresters gathered over dinner in Winston-Salem, NC on July 17, 2019 to discuss Pro Humanitate.

Overview and highlights of our Call to Conversation:

  • During our conversation, we heard stories of people in our lives who live out our motto of Pro Humanitate and the work they do to improve our world. We shared stories of people who set examples of service in the communities where they have lived, people who give their time to help others (even while balancing a full school schedule), and how this type of work can strengthen a community.
  • One observation we spoke about was our culture’s tendency to instantly judge others. We talked about ways to avoid doing this and how it can be beneficial to slow down judgement.
  • We agreed that “Human Flourishing” is the goal and the key to success in the future.

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Leadership & Character | Atlanta, GA

A group of Wake Foresters gathered over dinner in Atlanta, GA on July 16, 2019 to discuss Leadership & Character.

Overview and highlights of our Call to Conversation:

  • We shared very similar thoughts about leadership and character, while sharing stories about a variety of leaders in our own lives. A few key words that summarize our conversation about leadership and character: humility, speaking up, loyalty, compassion, resilient, redemptive, servant leader, people focused, inspiring, admits mistakes, honesty, forgiveness, self-aware, takes a stand.
  • We all agreed that great leaders are humble and have a way of seeing the future outcome. They do not do anything focused on themselves but more so for the good of the group, cause, or future.
  • One takeaway from our conversation was that we see leadership in a variety of different people – from the top to the bottom. A direct quote from the night was “a leader doesn’t have to be in a position of power.”

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Leadership & Character | Atlanta, GA

Group two photo from the C2C in Atlanta, GA on July 16, 2019

A group of Wake Foresters gathered over dinner in Atlanta, Georgia on July 16, 2019 to discuss Leadership & Character.

Overview and highlights of our Call to Conversation:

  • The stories shared were personal and insightful about a time when great character and leadership were exhibited. Throughout the duration of our Jeffersonian style dinner, we discussed the importance of civil discourse; having educated conversations with opposing views which emphasizes our motto of Pro-Humanitate and enriches our knowledge of topics and ideas.
  • We acknowledged that sometimes good people make bad decisions, but the difference is that someone with strong character has a desire to right the wrong and change for the better. Character evolves over time.
  • Reflection is an important part of character building. In quiet moments we are able to reflect on feelings of guilt leading us to admit our mistakes and apologizing.
  • We acknowledged that leadership and character do not discriminate, they affect individuals across all socioeconomic classes and in all leadership roles.
  • A major theme throughout the conversation was consistency, treating everyone with kindness and understanding.
  • We recognized that strong leadership and character requires vulnerability and humility.
  • We concluded that high moral character equals strong leaders, that they go hand and hand. However that does not mean that all people in leadership positions have good character. In all scenarios, a person of strong character leads by example and stands up for what is right, whether that means following the rules or breaking protocol. Doing the right thing sometimes means going against societal norms and not taking the easy way out.
  • A final thought was on paying it forward, everyone around the dinner table spoke of time when they were touched by someone of strong character and now we can think about how we can pay it forward.

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