Our December 2018 meeting focused on a few core topics. We focused first on local government and how this plays a role in all of our lives on a daily basis. We also received a drill down on leadership throughout change processes and the ethics surrounding leadership. We learned how ethics plays a major role in decision making, regardless of the decision at hand or the sector.
We began our day with our monthly review of the book The Truth About Leadership. This chapter focused on how trust plays a role in being a good leader. Greg and Tina presented this in an entertaining way, focusing their discussion around The Office, and how Michael displays, in general, how to not be a good leader. I thought this was entertaining, but also informative. We commonly run into various examples of good/poor leadership on a daily basis, and by using these clips we got an overview of bad examples of leadership.
Following their presentation, our group got the chance to ask questions to a panel of local government officials and hear a basic overview of Kenosha County government. Joe Potente presented on the topic of how Kenosha County is divided into the City of Kenosha and the surrounding villages and towns. The explanation of how the County oversees these different pieces was intriguing and we learned how different municipalities dictate their own administration. This panel included four different local politicians. This panel was very eye opening and informative. As our group asked questions, the Village of Somers President George Stoner really dug into the Foxconn deal and how it will affect their Village. We got direct answers on nearly every question we posed. The panel did not tread lightly, and I felt our group got an inside look at how local government affects all of us.
Following up this panel, we had two presentations focused directly on leadership. The first presentation focused on change management and how to make the best of your ability facilitate change processes. Ms. Esther Letven dove deep into what makes some people comfortable with change and others very uncomfortable with change. The next presentation focused on the ethics of leadership, presented by Mr. Lou Molitor. This presentation focused squarely on the ethical principles behind leadership and what differentiates right from wrong. He presented multiple scenarios that sparked debate in our group, and I felt these ethical debacles really raised pertinent questions as to what we consider “right” or “wrong” in our workplace and daily lives.
The day wrapped up with the Executive Editor of the Kenosha News, Bob Heisse. We had an hour to discuss any questions with him and our group did not hold back. Various concerns and situations were brought up, and Mr. Heisse did a great job answering these questions. He knew so much about the local community and shared how the paper plays a vital role in the distribution of information. I feel our group very much enjoyed this sit down, as we posed different questions and concerns with him, and also got a brief look into the future of the Kenosha News.
The December meeting was overall informative, eye opening, and interesting, and really raised a few core questions. I enjoyed this very much, as the idea of ethical leadership is something most of us will encounter regularly, and we must be prepared to respond to this when the time comes.
Questions to ponder:
- In your opinion, is there a difference between ethical leadership, and your own personal opinions on a situation, or are these symbiotic?
- When faced with a controversial ethical situation, would you side with your personal beliefs, or the rules of an organization/business/corporation?
- What can you do on a daily basis to increase your trustworthiness to your cohorts/employees/friends/family?
Louis Rawley, LK Class of 2020