U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson to NROTC midshipmen: 'Purpose, Principle and Passion'

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- U.S. Rep. Glenn "GT" Thompson talked about civic duty and engagement at a leadership forum held Thursday Feb. 20 for Penn State Navy ROTC midshipmen.

Thompson addressed about 150 Marine- and Navy-option midshipmen in Kern Graduate Building on the University Park campus, describing civic duty as it relates to the federal government and the military, and his own experiences as U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania's 5th Congressional District.

He explained his personal leadership philosophy and how essential it is for leaders to have "purpose, principle and passion."

"Life is way too short not to have something you can embrace as your purpose," he said. "Something that motivates you to get out of bed in the morning, to take on that task, that work. How you do that, what you look for, is entirely up to you.

"I use what I call principle-based leadership: defining what your principles are ahead of time, to guide you," he added. "Sometimes, in your position, you don't have a lot of time to make a decision. Sometimes lives are depending on your decision. If you define your principles ahead of time, you are well grounded, like standing on a rock. Principle-based leadership, I believe, keeps you grounded.

"I have the privilege and honor of working for over 30,000 men, women and children in the Pennsylvania 5th Congressional District. You think you have a chain of command, try that one on for size. And they all have different opinions. But what a great opportunity to serve."

After the talk and a Q&A session, the students presented Thompson, a Penn State alumnus, with a plaque of the battalion's unit seal in appreciation for his visit.

Penn State's NROTC midshipmen attend a weekly professional development leadership forum at which guest speakers such as military advisers or government officials are invited to lecture. Topics include ethics, leadership skills, and moral values among others.

Rep. Glenn Thompson at NROTC seminar 2-20-14

U.S. Rep. Glenn "GT" Thompson talked about civic duty and engagement at a leadership forum for Penn State Navy ROTC midshipmen held Feb. 20.

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    Rep. Glenn Thompson at NROTC seminar - 2

    "Life is way too short not to have something you can embrace as your purpose. Something that motivates you to get out of bed in the morning, to take on that task, that work. How you do that, what you look for, is entirely up to you." -- U.S. Rep. Glenn "GT" Thompson as he talked about his three guiding leadership points -- purpose, principle and passion -- at a leadership forum for Penn State Navy ROTC midshipmen held Feb. 20 in Kern Graduate Building, University Park.

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    Rep. Glenn Thompson at NROTC seminar - 4

    "When it comes to leadership, it's not about you. It's about the people behind you, the people that you surround yourself with, it's about the people you are leading. Your leadership is about them -- not you, not your ego. Leadership is about the people you serve." -- U.S. Rep. Glenn "GT" Thompson, talking about civic duty and engagement at a leadership forum for Penn State Navy ROTC midshipmen, held in Kern Building on the University Park campus.

    Image: Laura Waldhier
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    Rep. Glenn Thompson at NROTC seminar - 1

    U.S. Rep. Glenn "GT" Thompson talked about civic duty and engagement at a leadership forum held Feb. 20 for Penn State Navy ROTC midshipmen. Thompson addressed about 150 Marine- and Navy-option midshipmen in Kern Graduate Building on the University Park campus, as he talked about civic duty as it relates to the federal government and the military, and his own experiences as U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania's 5th Congressional District.

    Image: Laura Waldhier
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    Rep. Glenn Thompson at NROTC seminar - 3

    U.S. Rep. Glenn "GT" Thompson talked about civic duty and engagement at a leadership forum held Feb. 20 for Penn State Navy ROTC midshipmen, in Kern Building on the University Park campus. After the talk and a Q&A session, the students presented Thompson, a Penn State alumnus, with a plaque of the battalion's unit seal in appreciation for his visit.

    Image: Laura Waldhier

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