Online Conversation | Leadership and Character in Chaos and Conflict, with Robert Franklin and Michael Lamb

Online Conversation | Character and Leadership
in Chaos and Conflict with Robert Franklin and Michael Lamb

On Friday, July 31st we hosted an Online Conversation on ‘Leadership and Character in Chaos and Conflict’ with two scholars of moral leadership: Dr. Robert Franklin and Dr. Michael Lamb. Drawing upon their experience and scholarship, Drs. Franklin and Lamb explored the nature of and need for moral leadership, the challenges to character and the moral exercise of authority and influence in times of chaos, conflict, and polarization.

The painting is ‘Approaching Storm: Beach near Newport’ by Martin Johnson Heade, 1862.
The song is “Thaïs: Méditation” by Jules Massenet.


How Is Virtue Cultivated?: Seven Strategies for Postgraduate Character Development

Mentioned by Michael Lamb in the conversation

  1. Habituation through practice
  2. Reflection on personal experience
  3. Engagement with virtuous exemplars
  4. Dialogue that increases virtue literacy
  5. Awareness of situational variables and biases
  6. Moral reminders
  7. Friendships of mutual support and accountability

Michael Lamb, Jonathan Brant, and Edward Brooks, “How Is Virtue Cultivated?: Seven Strategies for Postgraduate Character Development,” Journal of Character Education 17, no. 1 (forthcoming 2021).


Dr. Robert Franklin’s Recommended Reading List

Mentioned by Dr. Franklin in the conversation

  1. How to Be an Anti-racist, Ibram X. Kendi
  2. White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, Robin DiAngelo
  3. White Like Me: Reflections on Race From a Privileged Son, Tim Wise
  4. From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African Americans (9th edition), John Hope Franklin
  5. The History of White People, Nell Irvin Painter
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