Review: Character Carved in Stone

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






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.

Rating: 5-stars


Character Carved in Stone by Pat Williams is the essential guide for setting one’s character in place. The book is enjoyable to read. It contains stories on each of the twelve virtues. Virtues are necessary to good leaders. They help us to become excellent examples to others. By using these we can then successfully be leaders. I liked how each page contained real situations on virtues such as compassion and courage. The writing was easy to read. It was deep, thoughtful, and meaningful. This book gave a lot to show, think upon, and to do. Despite the military background in which Character in Stone is derived from, these are lessons and virtues that can be used and taken anywhere in life. Overall, I would recommend reading Pat Williams’s book to all.

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