FORT KNOX, Ky. – 6th Regiment Advanced Camp (CLC) Cadets visited Elizabethtown Community and Technical College (ECTC) to listen to Dr. Jo Ann Rooney, President-elect of Loyola University Chicago, as part of the Commitment and the Army Profession (CAPS) July 24.
Dr. Rooney shared key components of leadership learned from her professional background and experiences which she also shared with the Cadets.
Rooney noted that in order to be a successful leader you must not only know your strengths but your weaknesses and know when to push harder and when to step back. Other key components she shared with the Cadets included to create a welcoming culture among leaders and co-workers but also to establish respect between all peoples.
Cdt. Hubert Jiang, University of Maine, was positively impacted by Dr. Rooney’s presentation.
“The main thing I took away from the presentation is leading by example and always striving to do the right thing. Her points about cultural change were also important, especially for the Army. However, for the rest of training I’m really going to think about her yellow-light scenario. Instead of just blowing right by things, I’m going to slow down, to stop and think, and look around at the situation” said Jiang.
Cadets were able to ask questions of Dr. Rooney after her presentation. Question topics included how to find balance between work and personal time, how to work through high stress decisions, and the changing culture of the Army. To answer questions she pulled from lessons learned in past jobs to relate to the Cadets show them situations in the real workplace.
As future leaders in the Army and current leaders in their respective ROTC programs, Cadets are continuously developing their leadership style and learning the keys in leading others. As an officer in the Army they will face difficult decisions, as Dr. Rooney shared from her time in the Department of Defense. However, using the advice she shared on how to be a quality leader will serve them well through any situation they may face.