Developing Ethical Leaders for America

This study supports the establishment and sustainability of educational practices in a distinctive ethical leadership program by providing four learning outcomes: cultural awareness, individual and collective responsibility, critical and creative thinking, and inclusive learning. The program employs an ethical leadership model based on the habits and practices of outstanding leaders from African American moral traditions with special emphasis on black church traditions.


“A problem with many leadership books is the lack of information on ethical leadership models, along with the confusion about the difference between ethical and moral leadership. This book provides a holistic framework to help guide leaders making ethical decisions, along with clarification on how ethical and moral decision-making are compatible with each other. This book is a must-read for all managers and leaders.” – Prof. Patricia Mitchell, University of San Francisco

“. . . an invitation for other scholars and leadership practitioners to look more deeply at their own traditions and to the critical habits, practices, and values that may be appropriately cultivated for this time and for their own particular questions and needs pertaining to developing leaders.” – Prof. Walter Earl Fluker, Morehouse College

“King weaves Walter Fluker’s 'prophetic narrativity', Martin Luther’s individual Christology, and Martin Luther King’s monumental philosophy of equality into her work. Together, they form a tapestry that incorporates her study of the leadership perceptions within a college setting . . .” – Prof. Matthew Escover, University of San Francisco

“When does ambition morph into greed? When does seizing opportunity become exploiting the vulnerable? When does a promise give way to an individual’s right to change his or her mind? How broad is the ethical line that separates these alternatives? Those are the types of challenges Dr. King [poses] . . .”– Prof. Ron Thomas, Morehouse College

“I found this book to be a fascinating read. The concept of ethical leadership has been largely overlooked in the literature on educational leadership, even though as we look around both education and the outside world, so much of our progress as a society is unraveling due to a de-emphasis on ethical concerns and the absence of ethical leadership." – Prof. Stanley Pogrow, San Francisco State University

Table of Contents

Foreword by Patricia Mitchell, Ph.D.
Preface by Walter Earl Fluker, Ph.D.
1. Voices-Influential Actions of Leadership African American Moral Tradition
2. Hermeneutical Perspective-Discussing Racism
3. Leadership Approaches
Ethical Leadership
4. Research Findings: Ethical Leadership Program
Profiles of Participants
Effectiveness of the Programs and Classes
Historical, Current and Future Strategies
Personal Experiences of Individuals
Perceived Effectiveness of the GLI Model
Practical Applications
Defining Ethical Leadership
5. Interpretations and Discussions