Ethical Academic Leadership: Lessons from Ancient Times

Friedman, Hershey H. and Friedman, L. W. (2008). Ethical Academic Leadership: Lessons from Ancient Times. The John Ben Shepperd Journal of Practical Leadership, 3, Spring, 19-27.

9 Pages Posted: 14 Oct 2013

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Hershey H. Friedman

City University of New York - Department of Business Management

Linda Weiser Friedman

Baruch College, CUNY - Zicklin School of Business; CUNY - The Graduate Center

Date Written: May 1, 08

Abstract

This paper demonstrates that much can be learned about ethical academic leadership from the great teachers living in ancient times, especially Confucius and Hillel. Those who desire to follow in their footsteps should be humble, gentle, extremely patient with people, and love humanity. They should not be motivated by fame, but possess a strong desire to spread wisdom and morality throughout the world. Moreover, they should recognize that education is for everyone, not just the elite. Finally, the negative version of the Golden Rule, i.e., “What is hateful to you do not do to others,” should be the philosophy that guides their life.

Keywords: Ethical leadership, academic leadership, Confucius, Hillel, Golden Rule

JEL Classification: A22, A23, D81, G18, G21, I20, L20, L21, M14, M19, M31, Q20, Q38

Suggested Citation

Friedman, Hershey H. and Friedman, Linda Weiser, Ethical Academic Leadership: Lessons from Ancient Times (May 1, 08). Friedman, Hershey H. and Friedman, L. W. (2008). Ethical Academic Leadership: Lessons from Ancient Times. The John Ben Shepperd Journal of Practical Leadership, 3, Spring, 19-27. . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2339725

Hershey H. Friedman (Contact Author)

City University of New York - Department of Business Management ( email )

Linda Weiser Friedman

Baruch College, CUNY - Zicklin School of Business ( email )

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New York, NY 10010
United States

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