In today’s episode, Rick and Sam are joined by Lee Rasch to discuss ethical leadership in politics. Beginning the conversation, they define ethical leadership and then delve deeper, contemplating tough questions: how did Americans become so politically polarized? How do we find middle ground? And what can the average citizen do to encourage responsible and ethical political leadership? 

A big thank you to guest Lee Rasch. Lee founded LeaderEthics-Wisconsin, a non-profit/non-partisan organization committed to promoting ethical leadership among elected officials, in 2018. He serves as the Executive Director of the organization. Prior to this experience, he served as President of Western Technical College from 1989 to 2017. Throughout his career, he has actively promoted leadership development, continuous improvement, economic development and sustainability at the national, statewide and local levels. He has written articles and given numerous presentations on these topics. Lee was Chair of the Legislative Committee for the Wisconsin Technical College System for more than 15 years, and he was a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Congress in 1994 and 1996. In his spare time, Lee sings in a quartet and plays bass guitar in a rock band.

Sam Scinta is President and Founder of IM Education, a non-profit, and Lecturer in Political Science at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and Viterbo University.

Rick Kyte is Endowed Professor and Director of the DB Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership at Viterbo University. 

Music compliments of Bobby Bridger- “Rendezvous” from A Ballad of the West