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ERIC Number: EJ969859
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-1938-9809
Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune: A Life Devoted to Service
Long, Kim Cliett
Forum on Public Policy Online, v2011 n3 2011
The purpose of this paper is to explore and analyze the leadership traits of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, an African-American woman of history, using the servant leadership theory developed by Robert K. Greenberg and the ten characteristics of servant leadership as conceived by Larry C. Spears. This exploration seeks to identify the significant factors propelling her to lead and unearth the skills and practices she demonstrated in her roles as an educator, social justice and political leader, and activist. Though many works exist about the life of Bethune, this particular investigation analyzes specifically her leadership traits as she sought to advance racial equality and social justice, while also promoting interracial collaboration. This historical analysis aligned with the contemporary leadership theory of servant leadership is expected to provide a framework of leadership, learning, and service for leaders seeking equitable social change in educational and political systems. Leaders will be able to examine the motivation, performance, sustainability, and legacy of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune and relate these traits to their leadership and the influence of learning and service upon their work. (Contains 47 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Florida; North Carolina