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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|

American Sniper

By Stephen G. Lakis President, State Legislative Leaders Foundation While in Austin, Texas, recently I had an opportunity to see the movie American Sniper. I wanted to see the movie because I have a high regard for Bradley Cooper’s acting skills and Clint Eastwood is the best at these types of gritty stories. The movie [...]

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

From Citizen Kane to Citizen You

By Thomas H. Little, Ph.D. A few weeks ago, I was visiting Austin, Texas to prepare for our upcoming New Speakers Orientation (January 22-24, 2015). It was one of those rare trips where I am not traveling with family, friends or staff so, while the days were full of meetings, the evenings were free. I [...]

By | 2017-08-24T13:03:24+00:00 November 24th, 2014|Ethics and Leadership|