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Citadel For Life


Citadel for Life provides educational resources that are hosted on line for alumni and friends of The Citadel to enable them to continuously develop their skills, reinforce their knowledge of The Citadel’s core values and characteristics of principled leadership, and enrich and enhance their personal and professional lives.

Resources for Applying the Characteristics of Principled Leadership

Lead With Humility

The Importance of Humility in Leadership, Cheryl Williamson, Forbes, September 14, 2017
WSJ Best Bosses are Humble Bosses, Sue Shellenbarger, Wall Street Journal, October 9, 2018
From Good to Great: What Defines a Level V Leader? , YouTube, September 21, 2009


Embrace a True Authentic Self

What is Authentic Leadership, Kevin Kruse, Forbes, May 2013
Authentic Leadership Rediscovered, Bill George, Harvard Business School, November 2013
The Truth About Authentic Leaders, Bill George, Harvard Business School, July 2016
Why Authenticity Matters?, Karissa Thacker, YouTube


Act and Speak With Courage

Courage: The Defining Characteristic of Great Leaders, Bill George, Harvard Business School, 2019
Cultivating Everyday Courage, J. Detert, Harvard Business Review, 2018
Courageous Leadership:  Using Courage to Transform the Workplace., Bill Treasurer
How to Build Your Courage, Cindy Solomon
Dare to Lead, Brené Brown, CBS This Morning, October 2018


Develop and Value People and Resources

Leadership is a Paradox, Michael Shinagel, Harvard
Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela, Nelson Mandela


Empower and Hold Others Accountable

When Empowering Employees Works and When It Doesn’t
Empowering Your Employees to Empower Themselves
Are you an Empowering Leader?
How to Empower Employees
Researching the Empowerment of Employees
Marriott Way: Empowering Employees and Enhancing Customer Service to Drive the Bottom Line


Respect Others By Building Trust and Learning From Mistakes

Respect
The Power of Respect
Do your employees feel respected?

Build Trust
The Speed of Trust – Stephen Covey
How Smart Leaders Build Trust – Stanford University

Learn From Mistakes
Rethinking Failure – Barbara Corcoran 
Strategies for learning from failure
Why Managers Should Reveal their Mistakes


Serve Others Before Self

Selfish Selflessness, Arlin Pedregon, TEDxYouth@ABQ
Create a culture of selflessness, James Chapman, EDxUTChattanooga


The Characteristics of Principled Leadership

Lead with Humility

Embrace a True, Authentic Self

Act and Speak with Courage

Develop and Value People and Resources

Empower and Hold Others Accountable

Respect Others by Building Trust and Learning From Mistakes

Serve Others Before Self

Book Recommendation List

Book TitleAuthorRecommended By
A Message To Garcia Elbert Hubbard Ted Fienning
American Carnage Tim Alberta Ted Fienning
Battle Cry Leon Uris Tom Clark
Bearing the Cross : Martin Luther King, Jr. , And the Southern Christian Leadership Conference David Garrow John Ray Roberts
Blink Malcom Gladwell Tom Clark
Children’s Book: A is for Activist Innosanto Nagara John Ray Roberts
In Darkest South Carolina Brian HicksConway Saylor
Enders GameCardTom Clark
Freedom is a Constant StruggleAngela DavisJohn Ray Roberts
Gates of Fire Pressfield Tom Clark
Good to Great Collins Tom Clark
Grit Duckworth Tom Clark
Habitudes Habitudes Ginger O’Neill
Just Mercy Bryan Stevenson John Ray Roberts
Killer Angels Shaara Tom Clark
Leaders Eat Last Sinek Tom Clark
Leadership for a Better World (Second Edition) Susan Komives and Wendy Wagner Jen Tomasetti
Leading Change Kotter Tom Clark
Man’s Search For Meaning Viktor Frankel Ginger O’Neill
Nicomachean Ethics Aristotle Grant Goodrich
On Combat Dave Grossman Tom Clark
Our Kids Robert D. Putnam Christina Arnold
Primal leadership Goleman Tom Clark
Starship Troopers Heinlein Tom Clark
Start with Why Sinek Tom Clark
Strengths Quest Clifton, Anderson, Schreiner Jen Tomasetti
Teaching to Transgress Bell Hooks John Ray Roberts
The Charleston Syllabus: Readings on Race, Racism, and Racial Violence Williams, Williams, Blain John Ray Roberts
The Cross and the Lynching Tree James Cone John Ray Roberts
The Honor Code Kwame Anthony Appiah Grant Goodrich
The Leadership Challenge James M. Kouzes Barry Z. Posner Christina Arnold
The MayorBrian HicksConway Saylor
The New One Minute ManagerKen BlanchardGinger O’Neill
The Power of OneBryce CortenayGinger O’Neill
The Raft is not the Shore Daniel Berrigan and Thich Nhat Hanh John Ray Roberts
The Republic Plato Grant Goodrich
The Righteous Mind Jonathan Haidt Ted Fienning
The Road Less Traveled Dr. Scott Peck Ted Fienning
The Soul of The Citadel The Krause Center Ted Fienning
The Warrior Ethos Pressfield Tom Clark
The Water is Wide Pat Conroy John Ray Roberts
Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help (and How to Reverse It) Robert D. Lupton John Ray Roberts
We are Charleston Frasier, Powers, and Wentworth Conway Saylor
The Landmark Thucydides: A Comprehensive Guide to the Peloponnesian WarRobert B. StrasslerSteve Grenier
Ethics and Cyber WarfareGeorge Lucas Steve Grenier