Tom Thibodeau – Serving the Common Good for the Greater Good


In today’s episode, Rick and Sam are joined by Tom Thibodeau, Distinguished Professor of Servant Leadership at Viterbo University. Tom shares his wisdom and experiences in servant leadership, inspiring us to serve the common good for the greater good. He defines servant leadership, its qualities, and practical application, noting that servant leadership is not a solitary pursuit but one of community, in which everyone can participate daily through practicing virtues such as hospitality, trust, compassion, and forgiveness. The conversation concludes with a candid discussion about why we should have hope for the future.

Thomas Thibodeau is the Distinguished Professor of Servant Leadership at Viterbo University, where he has taught since 1984. He has a Master of Arts in Education from St Mary’s College and a BA from St. John’s University. Tom is a husband, father, grandfather, teacher, and an active community member who has worked during his career to inspire students and change the world. Through the years, his infectious enthusiasm, compassion, and commitment to leadership and service have also inspired countless colleagues, community members and leaders across diverse fields. He is the founder of the Master of Arts in Servant Leadership at Viterbo, the first and only master’s degree of its kind in the nation, and also a founding member of the hospitality and fellowship resource Place of Grace, in La Crosse; he is also the part owner of a country tavern and music hall. 

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.