Cutler Institute

Incubating Leaders in Maine

Joseph McDonnell published an article in Maine Policy Review in late July’s Spring 2018 edition about Maine’s contribution to national leadership.

For a sparsely populated state, Maine has produced an extraordinary number of national, bipartisan leaders. What has made Maine an incubator for such leadership? Alexis de Tocqueville, the author of Democracy in America, provides useful insights into Maine’s culture as a breeding ground for leadership. But rapid societal changes sweeping the country and the world—particularly globalization, urbanization, and the digitization of the economy—will inevitably alter Maine’s culture.

This article explores the steps Maine might take to develop leaders in this new environment by preserving its past strengths and adjusting to these new challenges. Maine could overcome its north/south divide and play a role in developing leaders who would bring polarized sectors of the country together. The article could be helpful for anyone living or working in Maine and particularly those in the Cutler Institute who are focusing on leadership issues relevant to Maine.

This article can also be found in Digital Commons.