“I define moral leaders to be people who live and lead with integrity, courage, and imagination as they serve the common good while inviting others to join them. They are moral agents who respond to the vocation of leadership that increases righteousness, truth, goodness, and beauty.”—From the Introduction
Whether in a local community, an educational institution, or a global organization, the key to addressing the current crisis in American public life is genuine moral leadership. Moral leadership is anchored in intellectual and ethical integrity, a vision of and commitment to the public good, and personal investment in transformative community.
Drawing on a lifetime of witnessing, emulating, and nurturing such leadership, Robert Michael Franklin proposes a model for moral leadership and ways in which readers in any context can discover and foster those qualities in themselves.
Robert Michael Franklin, James T. and Berta R. Laney Professor in Moral Leadership at Emory University, is president emeritus of Morehouse College, Atlanta, and former director of the Interfaith Religion Department at the Chautauqua Institution. His books include Crisis in the Village: Restoring Hope in African American Communities and Another Day’s Journey: Black Churches Confronting the American Crisis.