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Leading Millennial Matt

By Thomas H. Little, Ph.D. This summer, I had the pleasure of meeting Representative Mathew Wollmann of South Dakota at SLLF’s Emerging Leaders Program at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. At 24 years of age, Rep. Wollmann was the youngest member of an impressive class and many of us took to calling [...]

By | 2017-08-24T13:03:24+00:00 September 29th, 2015|Ethics and Leadership|

What if the Founding Fathers Acted Like Us?

By Thomas H. Little, Ph.D. For the last couple of weeks, I have been reading Edward J. Larson’s The Return of George Washington, 1783-1789. As I read this intriguing examination of our first President’s actions after he resigned his military commission and before he took the oath as our nation’s first President, I am reminded [...]

By | 2017-08-24T13:03:24+00:00 September 4th, 2015|Ethics and Leadership|

Winning Elections is Not Enough

By Thomas H. Little, Ph.D. During the first week of July, I was honored to spend three days with state legislators from all over the country under the tutelage of Dr. Ed Freeman and other fine members of the faculty of the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. Among the many insightful and thoughtful [...]

By | 2017-08-24T13:03:24+00:00 August 5th, 2015|Ethics and Leadership|

Our Future Is Bright

By Thomas H. Little, Ph.D. I know many of you are used to reading negative things about politicians and how the world — because of liberals or conservatives, Republicans or Democrats, etc. — is “going to hell in a handbasket.” However, today I want to offer some hope and some good news. Based on time [...]

By | 2017-08-24T13:03:24+00:00 July 15th, 2015|Ethics and Leadership|

A Fundamental Rule of Ethical Leadership – Don’t be an idiot!

by Kenneth G. Morton, Assistant Director of Curriculum Development & Research In September, SLLF and the Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership will be offering the 2015 Upper Midwest Ethics and Leadership Summit for legislators from Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Relatedly, SLLF has been working with the Governing Institute on a [...]

By | 2017-08-24T13:03:24+00:00 June 11th, 2015|Ethics and Leadership|

Lessons From the White House: The Importance of Leadership “Abilities” Part II

By Thomas H. Little, Ph.D. A few weeks ago, I posted an article about four “abilities” associated with effective leadership: likeability, capability, credibility and adaptability. Over the last few weeks, it occurred to me that if I can take a little more liberty with the English language (two of the three “abilities” are not valid [...]

By | 2017-08-24T13:03:24+00:00 June 2nd, 2015|Ethics and Leadership|

Lessons From the White House: The Importance of Leadership “Abilities” Part I

By Thomas H. Little, Ph.D. A few weeks ago, at SLLF’s Leadership Forum, I was honored to be in the audience at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library as former US Attorney General Ed Meese described how he had immediately and unexpectedly accepted a position in the new Administration of Governor Ronald Reagan and left wondering [...]

By | 2017-08-24T13:03:24+00:00 April 16th, 2015|Ethics and Leadership|

Looking for Political Heroes

By Thomas H. Little, Ph.D. A few weeks ago, I was privileged to listen to the inspiring words of noted Civil War scholar James I. “Bud” Robertson, Jr. as he addressed SLLF’s annual Leadership Roundtable in Scottsdale, Arizona. Among the many insights offered by Dr. Robertson, I was stuck by one in particular: the lack [...]

By | 2017-08-24T13:03:24+00:00 February 18th, 2015|Ethics and Leadership|