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Moral Leadership in Education: an Indian Perspective

Title:Moral Leadership in Education: an Indian Perspective
Authors:Sapre P. M. and Ranade I. D.
Publication:International Journal of Leadership in Education / Taylor and Francis Ltd
Enumeration:October 2001, vol. 4, no. 4, pp. 367-381
Abstract:This paper examines the infusion of management concepts in Indian education and the subsequent and logical shift in emphasis from management to leadership, and considers the reasons for the current interest in leadership. The validity of some of the assumptions implicit in Western literature on management is examined. While reviewing Western literature that considers leadership theories and styles, an examination is made of the indispensable inner moral qualities that make leaders outstanding. Problems and dilemmas inherent in moral leadership are discussed. The concept of moral leadership is clarified using Indian scriptures. India has had examples of visionary leadership in the past that skilfully blended Indian thought with Western ideas to develop an indigenous and progressive system of education. From an overview of the lives and work of three illustrious Indian leaders—Vivekananda, Tagore and Gandhi—the essence of moral leadership is suggested. The present situation in India is characterized by a near absence of exceptional value-based leadership, not only in the field of education but also in practically all walks of life. A way of recapturing a vision of moral leadership is suggested.

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