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Leading with Character: Stories of Valor and Virtue and the Principles They Teach


reviewed by Thomas Hoerr — December 20, 2006

coverTitle: Leading with Character: Stories of Valor and Virtue and the Principles They Teach
Author(s): John J. Sosik
Publisher: Information Age Publishing, Charlotte
ISBN: 1593115415 , Pages: 248, Year: 2006
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If you believe that character counts and that good leaders can be defined by their virtue, then Leading With Character will resonate with you. John Sosik asserts that positive character and virtue are the essential ingredients of good leadership. He rejects the notion that leadership is value-free, and believes that leaders must embody positive character traits: “Leadership is a social process that is accomplished through human relationships” (p. 102). Sosik creates a typology of leaders to describe those who do lead with character and virtue and those who do not. Three of his categories capture those who lack character and/or virtue. These are: Politician/Well-meaning Chameleon; Abrasive Egotistical Hero; and Used Car Salesman. Leaders who possess both qualities—those who use power for good and act in ways that are true to their personal values—are categorized as Saint. Mahatma Gandhi and Mary Kay Ash are two of the people offered as examples for... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: December 20, 2006
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12900, Date Accessed: 12/17/2017 8:30:21 PM

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  • Thomas Hoerr
    New City School, St. Louis, MO
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    THOMAS R. HOERR is the Head of the New City School in St. Louis, MO. His most recent book is The Art of School Leadership (ASCD Press, 2006). Hoerr has been a public school principal and teacher, and director of the NonProfit Management Program at Washington University. His current research interest is defining success and determining what educators can do to increase the likelihood that their students will become successful adults.
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