Within the character of the citizen lies the welfare of the nation

- Cicero, Roman Philosopher 106BC - 43BC

How hard is it to choose right from wrong?  It's wrong to steal...it's wrong to lie...  Those are easy right?

What if you were presented with these situations. Is right and wrong an easy thing to decide?  Do you know what you would do if you were faced with this decision? 

This seminar will help you explore your personal values - the guideposts that you can use as you make decisions for yourself and for others.  Understanding what you believe and internalizing a personal code of conduct will make you a stronger leader in uncertain times and a leader that others will trust and follow. 

West Point seeks through an intensive four year leadership development program to "educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets so that each graduate is a commissioned leader of character..." 

The Minnesota Student Leadership Seminar seeks to introduce the following small portion of this development program to high school students in the state of Minnesota. 

Leaders of Character: "actively develop a coherent and principled world view that frames their most fundamental values and beliefs." This includes: 
   ~identifying their core values and beliefs
   ~understanding the origins of their core values and beliefs
   ~assessing the adequacy and validity of their values and beliefs
   ~understanding how their core values and beliefs influence their perceptions, attitudes, and behavior 
   ~integrating and de-conflicting their values and beliefs to achieve coherence
 Excerpted from The Cadet Leader Development System (CLDS)

 Three Rules Of Thumb

Does this action...

...attempt to deceive anyone or allow anyone to be deceived?

...gain or allow gain of privledge or advantage to which I or someone else would not otherwise be entitled?

Would I be unsatsisfied with this action if I were on the receiving end?


 The three rules of thumb are taught to Cadets at West Point to help them act with honor in even the "grayest" of situations.   



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