Academic Leadership: The Online Journal


“No issue has captured the interest and imagination of the American public more than the subject of ethics, particularly in relation to leadership in the public sector” (Rebore, 2000, p.v). One of the most universal questions in educational leadership is “What is the relationship of ethics as it relates to educational leadership?” The answer can be very complex. Many authors who have written on the subject of ethics in educational leadership have tried to answer this question. All major branches of ethics must be considered when attempting to answer this question. These branches include metaethics, normative ethics, applied ethics, moral psychology, and descriptive ethics and how each relates to the moral dimension of leadership. Research suggests that ethical leadership remains largely unexplored offering researchers opportunities for new discoveries and leaders opportunities to improve their effectiveness. In treating the subject of ethics as it relates to educational leadership, the material and argumentation Rebore uses in The Ethics of Educational Leadership (2000) in this text are organized in such a way that they support Standard Five of the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) Standards for School Leaders and help answer this very question. Standard Five of the ISLLC states that a school administrator is an educational leader who promotes the success of all students by acting with integrity, fairness, and in an ethical manner (ethical leadership).