ERIC Number: EJ916109
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
Wisdom and Compassion in Democratic Leadership: Perceptions of the Bodhisattva Ideal
McClain, Leslie; Ylimaki, Rose; Ford, Michael P.
Journal of School Leadership, v20 n3 p323-351 May 2010
At the heart of democratic leadership rests a deep respect for what it means to be human, the cultivation of the common good, and the need to act according to one's own direction. If democratic leadership aims to create an environment in which people are encouraged and supported in "aspiring to truths about the world" (Woods, 2005, p. xvi), then wisdom and compassion must be critical components of such leadership. Through qualitative study, we interviewed administrators and teachers for their perceptions about wisdom and compassion as related to democratic leadership in schools. Such expressions have not been characterized and discussed in the mainstream educational leadership literature; however, they have been documented for centuries across philosophies and religions, including the Mahayana Buddhist teachings of the six virtues of the Bodhisattva, the awakened spiritual leader. The purpose of this article is to explore, through extant literature and empirical research findings, administrators' and teacher leaders' perceptions of wisdom and compassion as being relevant and essential to democratic educational leadership.
Descriptors: Humanism, Individualism, Democracy, Leadership, Instructional Leadership, Teacher Leadership, Altruism, Persistence, Goal Orientation, Leadership Styles, Buddhism, World Views, Role Models, Social Justice, Social Cognition, Emotional Intelligence, Attitudes
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Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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