Kline urges Phenix City graduates to be ‘servant leaders’

Posted: Monday, 24 May 2010

PHENIX CITY—Dr. John Kline, director of Troy University’s Institute for Leadership Development, reminded TROY Phenix City graduates that successful leadership means serving others.

“Great leaders serve others because they know that is the best way to help others and help the organization,” Dr. Kline said.

Dr. Kline delivered the keynote address during the spring commencement ceremony for the Phenix City Campus on Friday, May 21, inside the Columbus Civic Center. More than 200 Phenix City students received undergraduate and graduate degrees this semester.

Dr. Kline told graduates that the most successful and productive people are those that use their positions of leadership to serve others.

“More and more the corporations and businesses of the world are starting to understand the importance of serving others and being a servant leader,” he said.

Dr. Kline also urged the graduates to stay the course during times of difficulty and to set goals for the future.

“I know you have goals and it is important to set those goals,” he said. “Set goals high enough that you have something to aim for.”

Dr. Kline joined Troy University in 2000 as a professor of education and became director of the Institute for Leadership Development in 2003. He retired in 2000 as the provost and the highest ranking civilian employee at the United States Air Force’s Air University.

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Dr. John Kline, director of Troy University’s Institute for Leadership Development, delivers the keynote address to TROY Phenix City Campus graduates during the spring commencement ceremony on Friday, May 21, inside the Columbus Civic Center. (TROY photo/Matt Clower)