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Leadership Matters

There is a popular yet dangerous myth about politics in the United States: Choices and leaders don’t really matter. Since events will inevitably unfold regardless of the public’s voice, engagement in the political process, let alone leadership, might just as well be left to others.

This is a false perception. Qualified leaders are essential to civic success. The dedication, courage and persistence of individuals are essential to accomplishing anything in public affairs. In short, leadership matters.

Although some individuals are born with instinctive leadership qualities, there are leadership skills that can be taught and learned, practiced and mastered.

“Leadership Matters,” a partnership between the Pell Center and the Public Sector Consortium, seeks to contribute to the development of public leaders in Rhode Island. The long-term goal is to provide a center of continuous leadership development that will ensure professional competencies and best practices are continually developed and refreshed.

Recent Public Policy Blog Posts

Rising: A Live, Social-Distancing Conversation with Elizabeth Rush

Newport RI—On April 2, 2020, the Pell Center’s Facebook page become a virtual lecture hall, welcoming hundreds of viewers for a live conversation with Elizabeth Rush, co-hosted by the Pell Center and the Rhode Island Center for the Book.  Rush is the author of “Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore,” this year’s Reading Across Rhode Island state-wide read, a Rhode Island Center for the Book program.  Pell Center executive … Read More

Pell Center and League of Women Voters, Newport County to Celebrate Centennial of Women’s Suffrage

See the Newport Daily News’ Coverage of this event. Newport, R.I. – The Pell Center at Salve Regina University and the League of Women Voters, Newport County will host Susan Ware, historian and leading feminist biographer to present “Why They Marched: Celebrating the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage” on March 3, 2020 as part of the Pell Center’s spring lecture series. The struggle for women’s suffrage raised fundamental questions about women’s roles … Read More

Dr. Iskander Rehman’s Detailed Study of Cardinal Richelieu’s Grand Strategy Released by Texas National Security Review

In the latest issue of the leading national security journal Texas National Security Review, Senior Fellow Dr. Iskander Rehman engages in a detailed and interdisciplinary analysis of Cardinal Richelieu’s grand strategy during the Thirty Years’ War. One of history’s more polarizing figures, Richelieu is perhaps best known for three things: his unabashed authoritarianism, his efforts to stiffen the sinews of the French state, and his controversial decision to position France … Read More

A Well-Regulated Militia

When I worked on the Hill, I was initially amused when Senators would submit a statement to the record about a bill that would pass overwhelmingly.  “Why were they spiking the ball?” I wondered to myself.  I eventually asked a more seasoned colleague who explained it wasn’t about vanity, rather it was about documenting legislative intent.  If there was ever a court challenge or controversy about the bill, the legislative … Read More