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K-State's Leadership Studies Program developed curriculum for golf academy

By Keener A. Tippin II



The leadership skills curriculum used at the First Tee National Golf Academy, Nine Character Flags to Leadership*, is based on the nine hole teaching course at Kansas State University's Colbert Hills Golf Course. Each of that course's nine holes has a core leadership value assigned to it.

The first three holes are based on a knowledge of self; the second trio of holes are based on working with others; the third set of holes deals with character and encompass a commitment to community.

Integrity: Standing up for what you believe is right. Following your conscience and principles no matter what others say. Integrity is the first flag of character because it starts with the letter "I" -- the individual and being honest with ourselves.

Confidence: Having trust or faith in yourself. If you are truly confident you are willing to take worthwhile risks, knowing that you are the same valuable person whether you win or lose, succeed or fail.

Responsibility: Accepting that you have certain duties to yourself, others and society and doing your best to fulfill those duties.

Trust: Being willing to trust others and being trustworthy yourself. Being reliable and doing what you say you will do.

Respect: Displaying a positive attitude toward all people, including yourself. Treat others with consideration and avoid any behavior that may damage another person in any way.

Courtesy: Showing respect toward people. Making sure by your actions you are the kind of person others want to be around.

Equity: Treating everyone equally and being objective. Basing decisions on information and facts. Accepting that everyone is different and valuing people for the content of their character.

Accountability: Being in charge of your choices and thus, your life. Being capable of making good decisions on your own and facing the consequences of those decisions.

Edge: A dividing line or point of transition. Edge is what makes the difference between truly living and just getting by; the difference between success or "almost, but not quite." Three other values are key parts of having an edge: commitment, determination and service to others. When you make a commitment you bind yourself to a goal or a course of action. Once you make a commitment, you have the determination to see it through. Service to others is being committed and determined to accomplish something bigger than yourself. Together, these three values will give you the edge.


* Copyright Leadership Studies and Programs, Kansas State University

August 2002