This page supports the new organization at Troy University
wanting to PLAN and LEAD in LIFE and Serve others–
for students, faculty, staff, and guests.
Advisor: Dr. David Dyson
Lecturer and Associate Director, Institute for Leadership Development, Troy University
Founder and Trustee, Life Leaders Institute
Doctoral degree, Higher Education Administration, Department of Educational Leadership, Vanderbilt University
Institute for Educational Management, Harvard University
Co-author: Professionalism Under Stress, Patriotism in Action (with Col. Stretch Dunn, USA Ret)
417 Hawkins Hall
First Troy University College of Education Veterans Celebration!
Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, 12:30-1:30 PM
Veterans Celebration: History, Character, and Leadership
for Founding America’s Veterans Day in Alabama
Each participant received a handout (PDF) that can be used in classrooms and civic events.
The first topic selected by students
The first Lunch & Learn seminar was held Thursday, October 12, Trojan Center.
Co-hosted by students in the interest group, the Institute for Leadership Development, and Life Leaders Institute.
Lunches donated by local restaurants and Life Leaders at Troy University thanks to donors investing in the mission.
Assess Your Attitude and Ability
You will receive your own copy of this time-tested assessment of the 7 Components of Attitude and Ability developed by Dr. Dyson to help professional organizations wanting to improve leadership and professional development. You will receive guidance to complete your assessment privately and identify actions you could take to boost commitment, courage, and confidence. The assessment is donated for you to keep and use.
Life Leaders America is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit that focused on seminars and public services in the Birmingham Area for 25 years. Life Leaders has shifted to focus more on students and professionals at Troy University, plus online subscribers nationally and internationally who can benefit from resources online such as the journal, books, planbooks, and models on Best-Self Leadership, Plan for School and 7 Areas of Life, Motivating Values, Earning Empowerment, and more to help us PLAN and LEAD in LIFE. Patriotism in Action of Life Leaders provides web pages for teachers nationally to teach the History, Character Traits, and Leadership Lessons for the Founding of America’s Veterans Day.
Partial Menu for Learning, Development, and Action
Personal Leadership – The 7 Areas of Life – 7 Best Practices to Lead Your Life
Plan for College and the 7 Areas of Life – How to Plan Achievable Resolutions
Professional Plan – Professional Resume
Time-Priority Leadership – Hierarchy of Motivating Values
Assessment of Attitude and Ability plus Development Plan to Improve
7 Best Practices of True Professionals – Professionalism and Leadership Under Stress
Servant Leadership – 7 Levels of Leadership and Empowerment – 7 Levels of Leadership
Communicating with Others – More developing and requested
Students also can learn more of courses and resources from Leadership Development that could help them reach goals personally, socially, and professionally, plus tell us more of what you want to influence offerings. Dr. Dyson will begin presenting programs to lay a foundation after which the committee can help select what we do.
History of Life Leaders Developing at Troy U
The first interest group invited by Erin Woods met on September 7 in Hawkins Hall, 4th Floor. Erin greeted and facilitated self-introductions of those attending. Dr. Dyson gave a briefing about the purpose, programs, and plans of Life Leaders at Troy U. He told briefly how the movement of teaching students Personal Leadership started when he was a college student. Students then told areas where they wanted to grow.
Examples from students who stated how they could improve:
…need to get more inspired because I have more to give
…want to get more involved in leadership on campus
…need a better plan for my time and action to focus on priorities of school and more
…need to learn how to listen to others better because I am usually thinking about what I will say next
What could we do together to improve your personal life and preparation for your profession?
Prior to 2017, Life Leaders and Dr. Dyson had been a guest at Troy several times, including:
- as a guest of Chancellor Hawkins in 2012 when Troy hosted Dr. Dyson to record television and radio programs and public service announcements on the founding of America’s Veterans Day in Alabama.
- speaking in a communications class invited by Dr. Jim Vickrey, former professor.
- speaking to a Troy U student leadership program over 15 years ago.
In 2016, Life Leaders and its program Patriotism in Action:
- supported Chancellor Hawkins speaking at the World Peace Luncheon, National Veterans Day in Birmingham.
- presented Dr. John Kline as speaker at Personal Leadership for Patriots at the Southern Museum of Flight.
Sponsorship of Life Leaders
Life Leaders America has received grants for leadership, programs, and operations from foundations, such as:
Daniel Foundation of Alabama
Caring Foundation of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama
Joe Lee Griffin Foundation
Donations and volunteer support from trustees and other individuals who are committed to supporting students, true professionals, and servant leaders have been provided since the organization was founded.