The Post and Courier's daily blogs from Leadership Seminar
Diane Knich, higher education reporter with The Post and Courier in Charleston, was embedded in The Citadel's weeklong Leadership Seminar. For the first time a reporter stood alongside cadets at morning physical training and took part in the discussions about principled leadership development.
Read her daily stories, which were posted online at www.charleston.net, along with daily video clips. The project wrapped up with a front page story on Sunday, Aug. 10.
Day 1: Monday, Aug. 4
Cadet leaders arrive, take a physical fitness test and participate in classroom training on communication skills
Day 2: Tuesday, Aug. 5
Citadel cadet leaders participate in a challenge course at James Island County Park. The students are in a week-long leadership training program where they learn to effectively lead others in the Corps of Cadets. The program includes physical challenges, hands-on activities
Day 3: Wednesday, Aug. 6
Cadets spend most of the day in classroom sessions taking what they learned about themselves from assessments, and using it to plan for how they will lead others.
Day 4: Thursday, Aug. 7
Cadet leaders learn to administer the physical fitness test for other cadets. Students on the Human Affairs Team, discuss typical problems students might have and how best to handle them.
Day 5: Friday Aug. 8
Citadel cadet leaders got up every day this week before sunrise and started the day with vigorous physical activity. This is a group not used to sitting still. Today, most of them say they're ready to get out of the classroom, to get to work. They're eager to put what they've learned into action.
Sunday, Aug. 10 wrap up and photo gallery
Learning to lead
Citadel takes best of its best, teaches them to train the rest