ILA Podcast

Dr. Denny Roberts – Translator/Integrator

Phronesis: Practical Wisdom for Leaders

with Dr. Denny Roberts


Denny Roberts discusses his life of walking “the path of the middle ground,” and being a leadership practitioner and educator as well as a scholar.

Quotes from This Episode

“I think a characteristic of people who are more inclined to really engage in leadership is curiosity…it’s not a big word. It’s not complicated, but it’s simply being curious about your surroundings, about other people, and about other cultures.”

“A translator and integrator. That’s who I’ve always been.”

“Musicians are a fantastic example of complicated leadership because you’re dealing with trying to create a voice so that others will understand. You’re trying to bring disparate instruments and perspectives together. You’re trying to push the envelope without going so far that you turn people off.”

About Dr. Dennis C. Roberts

Dennis C. Roberts is an independent consultant, speaker, and author. He last served as Assistant Vice President of Education for Qatar Foundation (QF). During his seven years with QF, he worked with Qatari and expatriate colleagues to create the student development and support services for its branch universities at Education City in Doha, Qatar. Before working abroad, he was Associate Vice President of Student Affairs at Miami University. He is past president of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA). He has been a member and presenter at the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators and the International Leadership Association. He has authored six books and over 50 book chapters and other articles on student affairs, student learning, and leadership.

Learn More About Denny’s Work

Book: Student Leadership Programs in Higher Education (1981)

Book: Deeper Learning in Leadership: Helping College Students Find the Potential Within

Blog: Pursuing Leadership by Denny

Blog: Global Student Affairs

Social Media: Denny on Twitter

Host Scott J. Allen

Scott Allen

Scott J. Allen, Ph.D., is the Standard Products—Dr. James S. Reid Chair in Management at John Carroll University. He is an associate professor and teaches courses in leadership, management skills, and executive communication. He is also a communications coach, consultant, author, podcast host, and entrepreneur. For almost two decades, he’s worked with clients to improve their leadership and communication skills. Learn more about Scott here.

About Phronesis

Phronesis: Practical Wisdom for Leaders offers a smart, fast-paced discussion on all things leadership. Scott and his expert guests cover timely, relevant topics and incorporate practical tips designed to help you make a difference in how you lead and live.