Lives of Moral Leadership by Robert Coles

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 3 Critic Reviews



In this rich and illuminating book, the Pulitzer Prize-winning, bestselling author Robert Coles creates a portrait of moral leadership--what it is, and how it is achieved--through stories of people who have led and inspired him: Robert Kennedy, Dorothy Day, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Erik Erikson, a Boston bus driver, teachers in college, medical school, and elementary school, among others.

Coles tells how to be a moral leader and shows how the intervention of one person can change the course of history, as well as influence the day-to-day quality of life in our homes, schools, communities, and nation. We need to "hand one another along" in life, says Coles, quoting his friend Walker Percy, and in Lives of Moral Leadership he explores how each of us can be engaged in a continual and mutual life-giving process of personal and national leadership development. Coles discusses how the actions of the American president affect the way people feel about themselves and the country, and-citing the influence of Shakespeare's Henry V on Robert Kennedy, and of Tolstoy's Anna Karenina on his own mother--explains how reading literature can motivate action and growth. The way in which moral leaders emerge today, and for all time, comes vividly to light in this brilliant book by one of America's finest teachers and writers.

About Robert Coles

See more books from this Author
Robert Coles is a professor of psychiatry and medical humanities at the Harvard Medical School and a research psychiatrist for the Harvard University Health Services. His many books include the Pulitzer Prize-winning five-volume Children of Crisis and the bestselling The Moral Intelligence of Children and The Spiritual Intelligence of Children. He is also the James Agee Professor of Social Ethics at Harvard. He lives in Massachusetts.
Published September 30, 2000 by Diane Pub Co. 247 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Law & Philosophy, Business & Economics, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for Lives of Moral Leadership

Kirkus Reviews

See more reviews from this publication

A lively examination of the idea of moral leadership as encountered in public, private, and literary example.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Lives of Moral Leadership

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

Neither a celebration nor a condemnation, Pulitzer Prize-winning child psychiatrist Coles's poignant documentary is based on interviews conducted between 1987 and 1990 with pregnant teenagers and teen mothers and their boyfriends or husbands.

| Read Full Review of Lives of Moral Leadership

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

In a collection that ranges from vague to incisive, Coles (Children of Crisis; The Moral Intelligence of Children; etc.) presents true stories and reflections about moral leaders and what distinguishe

Oct 02 2000 | Read Full Review of Lives of Moral Leadership

Reader Rating for Lives of Moral Leadership

An aggregated and normalized score based on 5 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes

Rate this book!

Add Review