The Coastal Carolina University Leaders in Training Institute has
been established to build leadership capacity to strengthen the
people within the organizations and businesses that serve our area,
region and beyond. In turn, the University is strengthened by the
collaboration among those participants whose collective experiences
enrich this program and possibilities ahead as all of us work together
to build our communities.
I truly believe that we are all stewards of someplace for a very short period of time, and
the best thing that we can do is to leave a place better when we leave than when we
found it. Effective leadership is the key.
Leaders are found at all levels of all organizations. To be the most effective leader that
you can be you have to have one thing – followers. If you don’t have people that follow
you, no matter how good you think you are, you are not a leader. Effective leadership also
requires integrity, which must be practiced every day, all day. If you have the respect from
others, there is nothing that is impossible to accomplish.
It is my hope that the Leaders in Training Institute will challenge you to reflect upon our
leadership style and discover the ways all of us – emerging and seasoned leaders alike
– will be able to generate the respect and impact that will better serve our organizations
As the second year of the Coastal Carolina University Leaders in Training Institute
takes shape, I hope that you will discover this opportunity to be a valuable part of your
David A. DeCenzo
President, Coastal Carolina University