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Lives of Moral Leadership: Men and Women Who Have Made a Difference

3.59  ·  Rating Details ·  88 Ratings  ·  12 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, a ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published October 9th 2001 by Random House Trade Paperbacks (first published 2000)
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May 26, 2012 Dick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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"Listen to people, see how they stick to themselves into the world, hand them along, and good and selfish reason. It only remains whether this vocation is best pursued in a service station or-"

remember the moments " we do, indeed, no matter who we are, what we do, hand one another along, give one another various reasons to be to take a stand, to act."

Robert Coles

I will revisit this one often!
Dec 03, 2008 Danielle rated it it was ok
Didn't actually finish the book, but did cause a little food for thought since I read this right before the election for a book club. The discussion actually influenced who I voted for! This book actually made me want to learn more about JFK and Robert Kennedy.
As for Coles' style, it was a little hard to follow. Maybe because he's getting older...?! I haven't read any of his other books to test the theory.
Oct 03, 2008 Paige rated it liked it
I liked this book a lot more than I expected to. I was sorry to miss the meeting on this one, because it got me thinking about how I can try to be a better person - not really kinder or sweeter, but the kind of person who gets good things done. I liked that about the examples Coles talks about in the book -- they were pretty much nice people, but the main thing is that they are doers.
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Jul 07, 2013 Brian Stout rated it really liked it
A thoughtful exploration of people who dared; an effort to explore the human cost of their sacrifice, the sources of their commitment, and to illuminate for others the appeal and perils of bypassing the path of least resistance. I liked it - not earth-shattering, but a welcome insight into integrity, empathy, and a life worth living.
Apr 05, 2011 Steve rated it liked it
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Two stand out chapters; Dorothy Day, a leader in providing social services in the 60's; and Albert Jones, a bus driver that was a normal man who by simple actions initiated the desegregation of Bostons schools.
His descriptions of the moral compass of children makes me want to read his book, 'The Moral Intelligence of Children'
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Jan 01, 2012 Frederick Bingham rated it it was ok
This book is under consideration for the synergy program. I did not think much of it. It felt like a book a professor would assign and then make you write a 5 page paper on. I stopped after about 45 pages.
Jul 23, 2014 Eric rated it really liked it
I appreciated Robert Coles reflections on what constitutes moral leadership and the examples of many different situations and people in which this kind of leadership was recognized by him.
Dec 11, 2013 Andy rated it really liked it
Good read with many really quality examples of moral leadership. Coles is a must read for anyone interested in learning more about leadership.
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This was a hard book to get through, especially at points, but at the end, it was worth it.
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Child psychiatrist, author, Harvard professor.

Robert Coles is a professor of psychiatry and medical humanities at the Harvard Medical School, a research psychiatrist for the Harvard University Health Services, and the James Agee Professor of Social Ethics at Harvard College.
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