Former Minnesota Governor and U.S. Senator Mark Dayton was a Center for Integrative Leadership Executive Leadership Fellow from 2019 to 2021. Dayton was governor of Minnesota for eight years, leaving office in January 2019. During his 40-year career in public service Dayton was also elected a United States senator and Minnesota state auditor, and served in a variety of other capacities in state government.
During his time as an executive leadership fellow, Dayton generously shared his insights into public service leadership with students, faculty, and other interested learners. In a series of interviews with the Center’s Academic Co-Director Associate Professor Kathy Quick in late 2019, Governor Dayton discussed his approach to leadership in greater length, addressing topics such as conflict, the use of evidence, leadership styles, and exercising judgment.