I have been traveling down to Troy to speak to a class at Troy University each year for the past four years. I must admit that I had never even heard of the class or of any state university having a “leadership minor” in its curriculum. My long-time friend Dr. John Kline introduced me to both when he invited me to come down and speak to his class in 2009. I accepted, went down and spoke, and it was a real eye-opener! My speaking to John’s class has become an annual affair and it’s something that I have really enjoyed. I asked John to write a brief summary of the course at Troy for our readers and it’s all set out below.
LEADERSHIP MINOR AT TROY UNIVERSITY
In 2007, a rapid increase in the number of outstanding undergraduate students at Troy University indicated need for a leadership minor for students in such disciplines as political science, sports and fitness management, communication, pre-med, accounting, and other fields calling for strong leadership skills. Leadership courses were added to the existing Introduction to Leadership course and the Capstone Leadership Seminar which was co-taught once each year to Honors students and other outstanding students by Chancellor Jack Hawkins and the Director of Institute for Leadership Development, Dr. John Kline.
Interest in the previously existing courses and newly added “Tools of Leadership” and “Leadership Theory” was high. In the 2007-2008 academic year, 80 students enrolled in the Intro course. In 2008-2009 the number jumped to 300 students. The current academic year enrollment has been 450 students. We expect a substantial increase next year. Some of these students qualify and choose to progress into the Leadership Minor.
The Intro course focuses on Servant Leadership, Here, students learn the value of such Character traits as service, ethics, morals, and integrity. They practice Competency skills of listening, speaking, group dynamics and teambuilding. Finally, students gain Confidence in themselves as leaders. The Tools course focuses on acquiring or developing communication skills of writing, briefing effectively, meeting management, delegation, interviewing, personal branding, and presenting short “elevator speeches” to get their points across quickly and effectively.
The Theories course covers such things as style, trait, and situational or contingency theories of leadership. The course focuses on the need to be transformational leaders—implementers of change—who seek to positively transform others and the organizations they serve. Several courses teach contemporary lessons of leadership from corporate, political, and social leaders, as well as leadership lessons from the Bible. Additionally, students can receive credit for closely monitored Internships and Service Learning projects where they apply and refine their leadership knowledge, skills, and ability.
The Capstone course is the highlight of the minor. Here student leaders learn to state their core values, plan strategically, set goals and objectives, articulate their philosophy of leadership and develop a long-range plan of how they will lead in the future. They also learn dinner etiquette, business, phone, email, meet-and-greet manners, and other social graces. A day-long field trip includes visits to the office of the State Attorney General, CEO of Retirement Systems of Alabama, the President of ALFA Insurance, a presentation by a retired Lt. General, and a visit to Leadership Montgomery.
Some of the most exciting and useful days are when outside speakers come to class, including two former students—Troy Mayor Jason Reeves, and the Governor’s Press Secretary, Jennifer Ardis. Other visitors include Covan CEO Jeff Coleman, former college president and community leader Shirley Woodie, self-made businessman from Dothan, Charles Nailen—and the highlight speaker at the course: Jere Beasley.
Dr. John Kline, Troy University
Each year when I visit the Troy campus, I became even more impressed with especially the quality of the students and with their interest in current affairs. These students, as well as Dr. John Kline, have been an inspiration to me. My plan is to continue speaking to John’s classes for so long as he sees fit to invite me.
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