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Moral Leadership for a Divided Age

Fourteen People Who Dared to Change Our World

“I have read hundreds of books on leadership, but Moral Leadership for a Divided Age is unique. In addition to being a joy to read, concise, and well organized, it includes superbly helpful chapter summaries and excellent discussion questions for use in classes and small groups. Equally helpful, the book teaches leadership through the lens of actual leaders, nearly all of whom we have heard about, but about whom we have so much more to learn. It is easy to imagine this book becoming a classic, a book readers will discover when they’re young and to which they’ll return throughout their lives.”
Brian D. McLaren, author of Faith After Doubt: Why Your Beliefs Stopped Working and What to Do about It

Great moral leaders inspire, challenge, and unite us—even in a time of deep divisions. Moral Leadership for a Divided Age explores the lives of fourteen great moral leaders and the wisdom they offer us today. Through skillful storytelling and honest appraisals of their legacies, we encounter exemplary human beings who are flawed in some ways, gifted in others, but unforgettable all the same.

The authors tell the stories of remarkable leaders, including Ida B. Wells-Barnett, William Wilberforce, Harriet Tubman, Florence Nightingale, Mohandas Gandhi, Malala Yousafzai, Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, Oscar Romero, Pope John Paul II, Elie Wiesel, Mother Teresa, Abraham Lincoln, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Short biographies of each leader combine with a tour of their historical context, unique faith, and lasting legacy to paint a vivid picture of moral leadership in action. Exploring these lives makes us better leaders and people and inspires us to dare to change our world.

Moral Leadership for a Divided Age is a social-historical treatment that emphasizes values, a sense of calling, and the impact of actions upon people and communities. Of particular significance is how the book addresses the human dynamics of leadership while simultaneously providing a lens for assessing the importance of character and accountability in leaders. In a time when lying is increasingly touted as a virtue, this book is a must-read!”
Angela D. Sims, author of Lynched: The Power of Memory in a Culture of Terror

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