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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493416455
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/05/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 277,882
File size: 7 MB

About the Author

Pat Williams retired as senior vice president of the NBA's Orlando Magic in May 2019 to head up an effort to bring major league baseball to Orlando. He has more than 50 years of professional sports experience, has written more than 100 books, including the popular Coach Wooden, Coach Wooden's Greatest Secret, and Character Carved in Stone. Find out more at

Jim Denney is the author of Walt's Disneyland, Answers to Satisfy the Soul, Writing in Overdrive, and the Timebenders series for young readers. He has written many books with Pat Williams, including Coach Wooden, The Difference You Make, and The Sweet Spot for Success. Learn more at

Table of Contents

Foreword: The Best Decision I Never Made 11

Acknowledgments 15

Introduction: The View from Trophy Point 17

1 Compassion: Warrior with a Heart 23

2 Courage: Mastery over Fear 39

3 Dedication: What Heroes Are Made Of 53

4 Determination: Never Give Up 69

5 Dignity: Every Inch a Soldier 79

6 Discipline: Excellence Is a Habit 95

7 Integrity: Honest and True 109

8 Loyalty: He Knew Their Names 125

9 Perseverance: Refuse to Quit 141

10 Responsibility: "No Excuse, Sir!" 155

11 Service: Humble and Selfless 169

12 Trust: The GI's General 183

Conclusion: Heroism on Display 203

Notes 207

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