Nominations Sought for Ethical Leader of the Month

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Old MacDonald's Ethical Leadership Farm has announced it is seeking nominations for "Ethical Leader of the Month." The national competition is open to all kids 8-18 years of age.

Young people who learn to make ethical decisions when in school, will also make those kinds of decisions when they enter the business world.

Old MacDonald's Ethical Leadership Farm has announced that it is now accepting entries for its Ethical Leader of the Month award, an ongoing, nationwide contest that seeks out and rewards kids and teenagers who demonstrate the principles of ethical leadership in action.

Old MacDonald's Ethical Leadership Farm is a series of books, training tools and seminars that teach youth how to develop the skills of ethical leadership. True ethical leadership, according to program cofounder John Amann, means not just being honest or doing the "right" thing. It means going beyond the accepted by doing the right things that are not required to be done.

"Our programs teach young people how to make the best ethical decisions when they're young," said Amann. "Then, when they get older and enter business they will meet and exceed the expectations of mangers, customers, fellow employees, vendors and other stakeholders," he said.

"When a group of grade-schoolers forms an ad hoc committee to spearhead a drive to help a WWII veteran receive a medal for distinguished services---that's ethical leadership," said Amann. "When a teen volunteers her time at a food shelf instead of going to a movie with friends, that's ethical leadership, too. That's the kind of values our programs teach, and that's the kind of young people our Ethical Leader of the Month award seeks to honor," he said.

The real advantage of the Ethical Leadership of the Month competition is the experience of the nomination itself, said Amann. Although no cash awards are presently available, winners will receive a certificate, recognition by their parents, teachers and peers, as well as national recognition in leading media.

The competition is free and open to all school-age children 8 to 18 years old, and anyone may offer a nomination. To be eligible, the nominated youth must demonstrate one or more of the traits of ethical leaders. That means they must not only meet but exceed the ethical leadership expectations of their classmates, teachers, parents, and employers and others.

Those who wish to nominate a candidate may submit the entrant's name and qualifying activities at Each entry must the name of the entrant, age, and a description of how this individual exhibits one or more of the 18 qualities of ethical leadership. Deadline for submitting entries is May 28, 2010.

The Old MacDonald Ethical Leadership program is being supported by Bob MacDonald, who has agreed to be the namesake and contributor to the organization. MacDonald was formerly CEO of ITT Life, wholly-owned by The Hartford. He founded LifeUSA, which he sold to Allianz SE and became CEO of Allianz Life of North America. Since 2002 MacDonald has headed CTW Consulting, LLC, a vehicle for offering his experience and unique approach to management and corporate culture development.

According to MacDonald, "Teachers, parents and grandparents who want to start young people down the path to ethical leadership by supporting this program will discover what ethical leaders in business have discovered: ethical leaders are not only more satisfied with their jobs, they advance faster and go farther in their careers."

Corporate sponsors who wish to support this program should contact: John Amann, at jamann (at) ethicalleader (dot) net, (612) 220-1035.


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