Integrity in Leadership: Insights through a System Design Approach


  • Robert D. Reimer Berry College
  • David F. Slade Berry College



Integrity in Leadership, Leadership & Character Development, Organizational Culture & Design, Strategy


This article highlights a process of inquiry used to develop an institutional-level strategy for student leadership development at a comprehensive liberal arts college. The authors make the case for why having a leadership development strategy is of broad interest in higher education. This article offers practical insights from relevant literature and the authors’ expert opinions. The article models a process for how any organization, especially those in higher education, can form an executable leader development strategy by following the example provided.


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Author Biographies

Robert D. Reimer, Berry College

Dr. Bob Reimer is the Elvin and Fleta Patterson Sims Director of the Berry Center for Integrity in Leadership at Berry College. Prior to assuming his current role, he was an Associate Professor, Senior Military Faculty Member, and the Deputy Chief of the Research and Scholarship Division in the Center for Character and Leadership Development at the United States Air Force Academy. He retired from the United States Air Force after a 25-year career, having served in a multitude of roles. Bob was a Command Pilot, directed the Air Force’s Air Officer Commanding Master’s Program, served as a faculty member where he oversaw the Academy’s core leadership curriculum, and commanded cadet- and cadet-candidate squadrons. He received a Bachelor's Degree from the United States Air Force Academy (Class of 1997), Master's Degrees from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and University of Colorado Colorado Springs, and a PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Pennsylvania State University.

David F. Slade, Berry College

Dr. David F. Slade is the Interim Provost for Berry College. Prior to assuming his current role, he was the Associate Provost and Dean of Academic Services. At Berry College David is an Associate Professor of Spanish and has served as the Department Chair for Foreign Languages, as a Director of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and as aSullivan Foundation Faculty Fellow. David has also served as the interim director of the Berry Center for Integrity in Leadership and as a faculty member for Centre College and the Middlebury College Summer Language program. David is a graduate of Berry College (Magna Cum Laude, 1997), earned an MA from the University of Kentucky, and holds a PhD from Emory University.


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How to Cite

Reimer, R. D., & Slade, D. F. (2023). Integrity in Leadership: Insights through a System Design Approach. Journal of Character and Leadership Development, 10(2), 60–72.