Holistic and Moral Development of Educational Leaders

Authored by: Pauline E. Leonard , Tammy Schilling , Anthony H. Normore

Handbook of Ethical Educational Leadership

Print publication date:  May  2014
Online publication date:  May  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415853903
eBook ISBN: 9780203747582
Adobe ISBN: 9781135011932


 Download Chapter



In keeping with the premise that “if we understand the world narratively … then it makes sense to study the world narratively” (Clandinin & Connelly, 2000, p. 17), this chapter takes the form of narrative inquiry. The focus of our inquiry is holistic leadership, particularly in terms of examining holistic approaches to the moral development of educational leaders. Through narrative inquiry, we engage in reflexivity—the process of reflecting critically on our experiences as both inquirers of and respondents to those experiences (Lincoln, Lynham, & Guba, 2011). To that end, we first provide a brief review of the scholarly literature pertaining to holistic leadership. Second, through storytelling, we each share our “lived experience” (Chase, 2011, p. 422) with a variety of educational leadership projects to provide a backdrop for examining and understanding holistic leadership. We also explain why narrative inquiry is an appropriate approach for examining this topic. Third, we identify and present five themes that emerged through the comparative analysis of our stories.

Search for more...
Back to top

Use of cookies on this website

We are using cookies to provide statistics that help us give you the best experience of our site. You can find out more in our Privacy Policy. By continuing to use the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.