On July 31, 2020, the Trinity Forum hosted Drs. Robert Franklin and Michael Lamb for a virtual conversation on “Leadership and Character in Chaos and Conflict.” Dr. Franklin is the James T. and Berta R. Laney Chair in Moral Leadership at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, former President of Morehouse College, and author of Moral Leadership: Integrity, Courage, Imagination. Dr. Lamb is the Executive Director of the Program for Leadership and Character at Wake Forest University, Assistant Professor of Politics, Ethics, and Interdisciplinary Humanities, and co-editor of Everyday Ethics: Moral Theology and the Practices of Ordinary Life.

Cherie Harder, President of the Trinity Forum, moderated the conversation, posing questions such as “how should we define character?”, “how can great literature develop our character?” and “how do leaders respond to fear?” Drawing from their deep study, Drs. Franklin and Lamb emphasized the relational nature of leadership and the capacity of all people to develop their character and expand their moral imagination. The crises we are experiencing across the globe highlight the world’s great need for leaders of character, specifically “leaders capable of transforming the lives of their followers,” Dr. Lamb said.

A recording of the full conversation is available here.