What defines a strong leader?
He is inspirational and a role model for others, setting the tone for all those around him, and promoting values and good character. Formal leadership education is the key to developing this important skill, and it’s what we specialize in at Army and Navy Academy.
The Role of JROTC
JROTC programs provide a curriculum that teaches the core subjects in addition to formal leadership courses. They have a well-defined organizational structure, geared to foster leadership and character development. Each Cadet has an individual job that is part of a larger task, and that task is part of a greater mission. There is a chain of command that includes individual and group responsibility, very similar to West Point.
JROTC programs are value-based, and expectations are clearly defined. From day one, Cadets are expected to participate in team-building activities, achieve academically, follow drill, wear uniforms properly, and ascribe to core values.
The highly respected JROTC program at the Academy gives Cadets the opportunity to live and grow in a setting where they regularly learn and practice leadership, guided by experienced leaders.
These lessons extend beyond JROTC classroom time and into the evenings. After classes and sports are over for the day, Cadets have time with Trainers, Advisor, Counselors (TAC Officers) who reinforce lessons of leadership and good character.
Cadets learn life skills like teamwork, organization, problem solving, and communication that allow them to excel both in the Corps of Cadets and as leaders throughout their lives. The Academy is creating tomorrow’s leaders in various fields including engineering, medicine, law, business, and the military.
The Role of Teachers
One of the most effective methods for teaching leadership is the creation of an environment that allows students to put what they learn into practice. Individualized attention and project-based learning provide the ideal setting for students to realize their leadership potential.
Teachers at the Academy are committed to serving as academic and leadership mentors. Because of their extended time spent on campus (office hours, after school tutorial, etc.), they are able to get to know each student, personalize their experiences, and help them realize their full potential.
Successful leadership programs foster camaraderie, a sense of belonging, and many opportunities for service and leadership. They also publish mission and vision statements and creeds that serve to provide a bond and sense of direction.We have created this environment at the Academy. Everything we do is tied to our mission of educating and developing good character in young men – two integral pieces of good leadership.
The Warrior Experience
In order to learn leadership skills, “young people need exposure to situations that require them to lead in order to develop individual skills that will enable them to be successful group and community leaders.” Army and Navy Academy’s curriculum and JROTC courses provide just that, guiding Cadets’ development into young men of good character who are also excellent leaders.
A school like ANA, built specifically for boys – how they learn, lead, and grow – is the ideal place for leadership development. Independence, resiliency, motivation, self-discipline, and confidence are just some of the many outcomes. The Academy experience is truly unique.
Reference: Rice, D. (2011) Qualities that Exemplify Student Leadership. Techniques: Connecting Education and Careers (J1), 86(5), 28-31. Retrieved from http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/EJ925287.pdf.