About The Book
Overlooking the Hudson River on the campus of the United States Military Academy at West Point are 12 granite benches. Each bench is 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. In this book, Pat Williams shows readers of all backgrounds how to develop these 12 essential virtues in their lives, no matter what their sphere of influence might be.
About The Author
Pat Williams is senior vice president of the NBA’s Orlando Magic. He has more than 50 years of professional sports experience and has written more than 100 books. He’s one of America’s most sought-after motivational speakers.
Publication Date: February 2019
Pat Williams has done it once again! I must admit I am a huge fan of Pat Williams. Over the years I interviewed Pat a number of times on my radio talk show programs. Pat was one of my guests that moved from the category of guest, to someone I am honored and privileged to also call friend. We’ve corresponded via email and chatted on the phone not only about his writing projects, but also about life. Whenever we talk, I always feel encouraged by his words and come away with new and fresh insight.
One of the incredible character traits about Pat is the fact that whether or not you know him personally, or simply know him from reading his books, no matter what, he comes across as one who is your friend. His writing style is friendly and if one thing I’ve discovered through the years, Pat is the same in his writing, as he is in real life. This fact remains true in his latest book Character Carved in Stone. The book itself covers a lot of ground. Part history book, part patriotic book, part leadership book, and part educational book. Through it all, reading Character Carved in Stone is like sitting down with your favorite Uncle over a coffee listening to awesome wartime stories, while also learning a thing or two about core virtues enabling you to not only live life well, but also succeed in life.
Character Carved in Stone is much more than just a book to read in order to gather information. Pat also gives tips and suggestions in each chapter encouraging the reader to move beyond simply reading, to actually improving ones life in each core value he’s writing about. Each core value, builds personal character. The tone of the book is set in the Introduction when Pat quotes General H. Norman Schwarzkopf Jr.;
“Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.”
Through the years I’ve accumulated a number of leadership books in my library. However, the leadership books I return to time and time again, are those written by Pat Williams. Character Carved in Stone is a book I will return to in the days ahead. This is also a book I highly recommend for anyone contemplating leadership, currently in leadership, or equipping and training others for leadership. Character Carved in Stone is a must have for your library.
Enjoy the read!
Special thanks to Graf-Martin Communications for supplying review copy.