ERIC Number: ED455570
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Educational Leaders as Moral Leaders: The Value of Virtue.
This essay examines the nature of morality and professional judgment from the perspective of executive and administrative decision making. The central focus includes matters on moral development as related to the professional training of administrators. A conceptual framework of moral development in making moral decisions begins with an examination of Piaget's work in cognitive development, and then discusses Kohlberg's theory of the development of moral judgment. The essay discusses Blatt's conditions for moral growth, and other work by Mosher and Newmann. In the author's view, the notion that educational leaders function as persons of integrity has generated complacency about the ethical dimension of leadership. An assumption was that school officials naturally possessed the necessary qualities to conduct themselves personally and professionally in accordance with generally accepted moral standards. Recently, that assumption was found to be seriously flawed. Administrative training programs have traditionally not addressed moral leadership as a primary component in their preparatory programs. The current reform effort is "to make visible that leadership involves moral choices, not simply adherence to technicism." Unless leaders develop a moral system of ethics based on conscious morality and good values, they will find it difficult to make ethical decisions and behave with a sense of integrity. (DFR)
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