Leadership training West Point style
Loveland High School (LHS) students Emily Hoff, Brian Popp, and LHS Principal Chris Kloesz, were among nearly 150 students and faculty members from 50 high schools selected to attend the West Point Societies of Cincinnati and Dayton first annual Leadership & Ethics Seminar at Miami University Voice of America Learning Center in West Chester, Ohio, on Friday, Feb. 15. The seminar provided selected sophomore and junior students and faculty members from high schools in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, the opportunity to experience some of the leadership and ethics training developed for cadets at the US Military Academy at West Point.
“This was an incredible opportunity for both the students and faculty who were in attendance,” said Chris Kloesz. “We were exposed to leadership training typically reserved for the elite group of students who attend West Point; it was a rich learning experience for all involved.”
The seminar focused on the same principles and values taught at West Point; it was facilitated by West Point graduates from the greater Cincinnati area. After a short workshop to understand and establish each participant’s value and beliefs “framework”, small groups of students discussed several situational case studies in which they might find themselves. These cases enabled them to explore their personal values within an ethical decision-making model – helping students develop and internalize a personal code of conduct that will make them stronger leaders. West Point is often considered the premier leadership institution in the world.
The seminar also featured two guest speakers: P.G. Sittenfeld, who is serving in his first-term as a member of Cincinnati City Council, and Dr. Victor Garcia, professor of surgery and pediatrics director, trauma services, at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Both Councilman Sittenfeld and Dr. Garcia, who have been deeply involved in youth leadership initiatives and leading transformative change in our community, spoke about the role of personal values in addressing ethical leadership challenges they had experienced.
For additional information regarding the West Point Society of Cincinnati or the Greater Cincinnati Leadership & Ethics Seminar, you can visit the website at www.leadersofcharacter.org.
Photo caption (L to R): LHS Student Emily Hoff, LHS Principal Chris Kloesz, and LHS Student Brian Popp