ERIC Number: ED443171
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Moral Leadership in Schools: Fact or Fancy?
Greenfield, William D., Jr.
This essay discusses contributions to the understanding of the concept of "moral leadership" and makes suggestions about the direction inquiry might take in the future. A general introduction is followed by scholars' concerns regarding leadership circa 1979. A selective summary of the key ideas and foci follows of what the writer believes are among the more helpful theoretical contributions and the more useful empirical contributions related to the "moral leadership" concept. The essay concludes with recommendations for study and theory development. Extensive excerpts from original works are included to help the writer more adequately express the complexities and nuances of the "moral leadership" concept. The studies discussed in this essay offer empirical evidence of the importance of the personal and the cultural dimensions of leading in schools, and the interrelatedness of administrators' values and beliefs, language and action, and managing and leading behaviors. An important lesson of research guided by the "moral leadership" concept is that it is possible to study such phenomena empirically, and that the results of such studies can add meaningfully to the field's knowledge base. (Contains 157 references.) (DFR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Montreal, Quebec, Canada, April 19-23, 1999).