Wills selected for leadership program

Monday, July 16, 2018
Rep. John Wills

SPIRIT LAKE — Rep. John Wills, R-Spirit Lake, was selected to participate in the 2018 Emerging Leaders Program, sponsored by the State Legislative Leaders Foundation and the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.

Wills is one of only 50 state legislators chosen from a nationwide pool of over 200 outstanding nominees.

“These legislators represent the best in our legislative institutions, and are destined for future leadership roles in their state,” commented Stephen G. Lakis, president of the State Legislative Leaders Foundation. “Spending time with these up and coming leaders renews my confidence in our country’s great democratic experiment.”

This prestigious program is held every year on the campus of the University of Virginia for a select group of state legislators who have been nominated by the speaker of the House, president of the Senate or minority leader from their state. Leaders are asked to nominate one or more members who by their actions have demonstrated those qualities we associate with leadership — integrity, compassion, intelligence, vision and common sense.

The goal of this program is to inspire these men and women to continued careers in public service. Class discussions will examine qualities and characteristics of leadership including: ethical leadership, the art of compromise and coalition building and the philosophical underpinnings of representative democracy. The discussions will be lead by a team of distinguished Darden business administration professors, including: Gregory Fairchild, Mary Margaret Frank and Jared D. Harris. Dr. Thomas Little, curriculum director of the State Legislative Leaders Foundation, will join the Darden faculty.

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