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Leading with moral purpose : insights from community leaders

Ehrich, Lisa C. & Creyton, Mark (2010) Leading with moral purpose : insights from community leaders. In 5th International Conference on Catholic Educational Leadership, 2-4 August 2010, Sydney.

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    Abstract

    Leadership has been described as having a moral purpose. This paper argues that theoretical insights from ethical leadership theory and empowerment theory are useful for understanding the work of community leaders. Community leaders tend to be people who are known mainly to their immediate community, work in a voluntary capacity and are committed to a particular goal or cause. The paper begins by referring to Starratt’s (1996) framework that comprises three inter-related ethics: an ethic of care, critique and justice, each of which is said to constitute ethical leadership. It then explores insights from empowerment theory since it is argued that it has some strong connections to ethical leadership. Central to both perspectives is the notion of relationships and ‘power to’ where power is shared and where people work together for change. Based on interviews with nine grassroots voluntary community leaders, this paper contributes to the limited research in the community leadership field by understanding more fully their values, beliefs and leadership practices. It is argued that the insights of ethical leadership and empowerment theory are highly relevant to explain their work and practice. The paper concludes by discussing some implications for leaders in educational settings.

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    ID Code: 39321
    Item Type: Conference Paper
    Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Administration Management and Leadership (130304)
    Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
    Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
    Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
    Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 the authors.
    Deposited On: 23 Dec 2010 10:57
    Last Modified: 25 Mar 2013 18:21

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