Sitting around the dinner table in the evenings is a perfect time for practicing relationship and developing the art of conversation. My dad used to tell my siblings and I that dining is a place to have conversation while you just happen to be eating. He had a knack for making people feel special, that they made a difference and were important. So, last week, during dinner, I asked my dinner companions what they think is important in a leader, how they recognize leaders, and what they want to see in a leader if they decide to follow someone. Here are some of the conversation tidbits we discussed during dinner. It is amazing to me that several of them are the very same things we discussed at the dinner table years ago.

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