In "Ethical Leadership," Robert Starratt--one of the leading thinkers on the topic of ethics and education--shows educational leaders how to move beyond mere technical efficiency in the delivery and performance of learning. He challenges educators to become ethical leaders who understand the learning process as a profoundly moral activity that engages the full humanity of the school community. Starratt explains that educational leadership requires a moral commitment to high quality learning for all students--a commitment based on three essential virtues: proactive "responsibility"; personal and professional "authenticity"; and an affirming, critical, and enabling "presence" to the workers and the work involved in teaching and learning. He clarifies how essential these virtues are for leadership in the pressure-cooker of high-stakes schooling.? He provides vivid illustration by beginning and ending the book with a "morality play," the narrative of a principal who struggles to do the right thing for his students and teachers, as they are pressured--and often punished--by state mandated tests.? Starratt concludes by offering practical suggestions for working leaders as well as preservice and inservice courses in educational leadership.
This book is a volume in the Jossey-Bass Leadership Library in Education--a series designed to meet the demand for new ideas and insights about leadership in schools.