Character Carved in Stone: The 12 Core Virtues of West Point That Build Leaders and Produce Success

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Overlooking the Hudson River on the campus of the United States Military Academy at West Point are 12 granite benches, each inscribed with a word representing a key leadership virtue: compassion, courage, dedication, determination, dignity, discipline, integrity, loyalty, perseverance, responsibility, service, and trust. These benches remind cadets of the qualities that lead to victory and success, not just on the battlefield, but in all of life.

With his signature enthusiasm and insight, Pat Williams shares the incredible stories of West Point graduates who exemplified these traits, from the Civil War to the War on Terror. He shows readers of all backgrounds how to develop these 12 essential virtues in their lives, whether they are in the corporate world, the academic world, the military, the church, or in some other sphere.

3 comments on “Character Carved in Stone: The 12 Core Virtues of West Point That Build Leaders and Produce Success”

  1. Best book on Character & Leadership I have ever read Being a retired U.S. Army Sergeant Major and have attended several Leadership Courses and having read a few Maxwell books, which are great, this has to be the best book I have read. It not only covers History of some of our great leaders, but their character, moral values, etc., Highly recommend for everyone, whether Ain a leadership position or not.

  2. A Must Read Exactly what every member of the House, Senate, and Executive branch needs today. Every elected, and appointed, individual at any level of government should read this book, and then, more importantly, strive to ingrained these 12 virtues into their lives. Every school should make this mandatory reading and teach the 12 Virtues to every student from kindergarten thru college. Well written and inspiring. A must read for all Americans.

  3. Integrity-Honest and True Pat Williams's latest book is honest and true on how we all have the responsibility to develop leadership skills in ourselves and those we interact with. I am a naturalized citizen for over fifty years. My parents only experiences shared about Nazi occupied Netherlands was that of the character of the United States Army. Reading about the World War II military leaders brought back the conversations I had with my parents about the promise of our country for those who develop leadership through...

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