I drove down to Troy University last month where I spoke to Dr. John Kline’s Leadership Class. I have been making this trip twice each year now for a good while. When I was first invited by John several years ago, I wasn’t real sure what to expect. But I was greatly impressed by the quality of students in that first class. I found that each student was very strong academically and most were attending Troy on an academic scholarship. I also learned that the students were very much up to date on current events, and were quite knowledgeable. They were extremely optimistic about the future of the United States. Each trip since then has been just as impressive. I always leave Troy feeling very good about things generally and especially about our young people.
Leadership is a most valuable commodity and strong leadership is badly needed in all areas of our lives. John Kline’s leadership class is open to all Troy University undergraduate students and introduces them to the basics of effective leadership. I am told that most of the students have held leadership positions in high school and want to extend their leadership influence to campus, church, community, and student government activities. The course focuses on the important characteristics of effective leaders, which include dedication, service and ethical conduct. It’s also important to learn to communicate effectively. Developing leadership skills – with a special emphasis on listening – is an important part of the leadership course at Troy University. Unfortunately, listening can sometimes be a low priority for folks seeking to lead others. A good leader will listen to others at appropriate times. An effective leader will also have to be willing to take chances on occasion, but without doing so in a reckless manner.
Dr. Kline does an outstanding job at Troy. He has held senior leadership positions and he regularly teaches leadership, team building and communication skills to military and corporate audiences. John has been effective in the use of an array of teaching methods in his classes at Troy. He brings in experienced leaders as guest instructors in the course. I have been privileged for the past several years to be among that group. Troy University and the students are blessed to have John Kline involved with the University.
The Troy University System is also extremely blessed to have Dr. Jack Hawkins in charge as Chancellor. Jack, an effective leader in every respect, is the perfect role model for others who find themselves in leadership positions. I have said previously that Troy University is a great educational institution. I predict that things will only get better at Troy and that’s good for Alabama. I believe that Troy University could well be a model for other institutions of higher learning to emulate when it comes to leadership, fiscal responsibility, and efficiency, as well as educating our young people.
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