HELPING LATTER-DAY SAINTS BE BETTER PREPARED TO LEAD AT HOME, AT CHURCH, AND IN LIFE
PAVES THE WAY FOR MORE CONFIDENT AND PREPARED
LATTER-DAY SAINT LEADERS THROUGH:
We connect Latter-day Saints from around the world in order to share the most effective leadership ideas, thoughts, and scholarship. That way the leaders in Spain can encourage leaders in Spanish Fork.
Enhance Leadership Ability
We make available educational opportunities to enhance leadership ability at no cost to Latter-day Saints.
Present Leadership Scholarship
We seek out leadership scholars to help Latter-day Saints have the most relevant and current research in order to overcome any organizational hurdle.
Celebrate Divine Guidance
We celebrate restored governing priesthood keys, spiritual inspiration, and living prophets, which are sacred sources of divine leadership, and recognize that all leadership direction yields to this divine source.
In the past nine years of existence, Leading Saints has connected Latter-day Saints to leadership principles through podcast episodes, written articles, and virtual conferences reaching individuals around the globe.
Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board
Kurt Francom is the founder and executive director of Leading Saints and manages the day-to-day efforts of Leading Saints and is the host of the podcast. Kurt graduated from the University of Utah in 2008 with a degree in Business Marketing. He ran a web development company for 5 years before focusing on Leading Saints full-time. Kurt currently lives in Stansbury Park, Utah with his lovely wife Alanna. They are blessed to have three children. Kurt has served as a full-time missionary (California Sacramento), as a bishop, 1st counselor in a stake presidency, and elders quorum president.
Jessica Johnson works in leadership development with the RBL Group. She holds an MBA from Brigham Young University and previously worked in management and marketing consulting, and in television sports.
Mike Ramsey is president of Nifty Marketing, an internet marketing company that works with law firms across the country, and wrote the book My Dad's a Muslim, My Mom's a Lesbian, and I'm a Latter-day Saint. He is a keynote speaker on subjects that range from business marketing to life lessons. He lives in Burley, Idaho with his amazing wife and four kids.
Dan Duckworth is the author of "The Power Equation: How to Get People to Do What They Won't Naturally Do" (thepowerequation.net). He speaks, teaches, blogs, and podcasts (coming soon) on positive deviance in leadership, organizations, and change (deepchangeforall.com). He lives in Saratoga Springs, Utah with his wife, Jolene, and their six kids.
Ross Richey is the Owner of FTL Strategies, a technology consulting company, When he's not doing that he's a husband, a father of four, the first counselor in his ward's Bishopric, and an aspiring eschatologist. In roughly that order. If he has any time left over after that he enjoys hiking, reading, and listening to the Leading Saints podcast.
Director of Operations
Written Content Manager
Advisory Board: Professional Therapists
The Leading Saints Board of Therapists helps us bring Latter-day Saints the most researched based thought and solutions related to issues such as addiction, depression, and mental illness.
Beckie Hennessy, LCSW
Tony Overbay, LMFT
Sam Tielemans, LMFT
Thank you for all your dedication. I will share with people down here as well, at least those who speak English.
I actually just referred my brother, who is a bishop, to your site and expect that he will find great value as well. Thanks!
I want to thank you for this blog and podcast. I have been binge-listening to episode after episode, and truly enjoy the rich, quality content. I enjoy your interviewing style, the guests you have chosen, and the overall tone and message that radiates from each episode.
I have been listening to the episodes with the wives of the bishop, and deeply connected with the interview with Kasandra Merrill. I have only been a bishop's wife for a year, with a young family, and I have depression and anxiety. When my husband was called, the Stake President told me that I should not hesitate to pray for anything and everything I need- even something as little as finding a parking spot. the message was that Heavenly Father knows and cares about the bishop's wife as well. Sister Merrill vocalized what I believe many of us go through, what I know I do, and what not everyone comes out the other side from.
Again, thank you for this work. It is so very important, and I especially appreciate every emphasis on building up leadership experience in women.
Kurt, I’m happy to support your great enterprise. And wow you have had some great episodes this past month! I get through my morning run without even realizing I’ve been running for half an hour because I get so absorbed in the podcast.
As I listened to Jacob Kalil's story, I had impressions that I should challenge the ward council and the elders quorum as a whole to set goals this year to be a mentor to someone in the ward, and to go outside the "ordinary" to bless someone's life. I snuck in at the end of elder's quorum and that idea fit perfectly with the lesson from the presidency (that doesn't come as a surprise to me anymore but it still feels like a blessing when we see the Spirit is working in parallel ways within the ward).
I also have used Tommy Haws' five principles several times over the past few weeks... What a powerful meeting!
I feel like you are my mentor as I continue to try to learn the ins and outs of being a bishop, and I owe you a huge thank you for your insights and your efforts. You are a real blessing to me and to the members of [my ward]!
God bless you and your family.
For the past several years I’ve worked in the management consulting/leadership development arena. In doing so I’ve worked with leaders at all organizational levels and across industries, helping to identify, teach, and sustain effective leadership principles and practices. I have long felt that we needed to be having similar conversations and examination of leadership in the church–thus I have so enjoyed your podcasts.
We're considering using this map to assign members who live on the same street to find those we don't know. We also are going to use it to help with service projects at member's houses. It's an easy way to identify who the neighbors are and invite them to come help, regardless of membership or activity.