Richard Kyte

Loras College to present ‘Communities in Crisis and the Power of Servant Leadership’

Lecture series features Richard Kyte, director of Ethics Institute, Viterbo University

DUBUQUE, Iowa – Loras College will host Richard Kyte, Ph.D., endowed professor and director of the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership at Viterbo University. He will present “Flourish or Perish: Communities in Crisis and the Power of Servant Leadership” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 12 in Hoffmann Auditorium inside St. Joseph’s Hall of Science. It’s free and open to the public.

Kyte’s presentation, part of the Andrew P. Studdert Business Ethics and Crisis Leadership Lecture Series, examines the history of servant leadership, describes the principles that inform it, and provides practical advice for becoming more of a servant leader in one’s own life.

“The key to effective leadership is simple: meaningful service to others,” Kyte said. “But what is simple to describe may be difficult to put consistently into practice.”

Kyte contends that while by most measures, the nation is more successful today than at any other time in its history, by other measures, however, it’s in crisis.

“The problem is a failure of leadership at all levels: families, communities, state agencies and federal government,” he said.

Kyte combines historical trends and current research to illustrate why servant leadership, based in virtue and committed to the common good, is the key to improving society.

Kyte teaches a variety of ethics courses at Viterbo, in La Crosse, Wisconsin, dealing with issues in business, leadership and environment. He is the author of “An Ethical Life: A Practical Guide to Ethical Reasoning,” “Ideas Unite, Issues Divide: Essays on the Ethical Life” and “Ethical Business: Cultivating the Good in Organizational Culture.” He also writes a regular column for the La Crosse Tribune titled “The Ethical Life.”

He received his Ph.D. in philosophy from The Johns Hopkins University in 1994.

The Andrew P. Studdert Business Ethics and Crisis Leadership Lecture Series was established in 2016 to provide the Loras community and public access to nationally recognized thinkers and experts who explore current issues concerning business, ethics and crisis leadership. The lecture series is made possible through the generosity of Andrew P. Studdert.

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