Overview

In 1995, the Leadership Center at Morehouse College was established in response to the increasing need to develop ethically trained young men capable of leading in a broad range of environments and fields. Since that time, the Center has become a preeminent academic center for the study and practice of leadership that focuses and sustains an inclusive global civil society.

It is organized around the ideal of the beloved community which was espoused by Benjamin Mays, Howard Thurman, Martin Luther King, Jr. and other exemplars of the Morehouse tradition of leadership. Community provides the context for the cultivation of critical thinking, character and civility as dynamic and interrelated constructs. The work is defined by the need for emerging leaders who learned to think creatively and act boldly – as they serve their local, national and global communities with integrity, compassion and courage.

Through leadership studies, research and programs, students are exposed to the most critical leadership issues facing the world today – issues such as pandemics with a focus on HIV/AIDS, poverty and the ethical use of science, technology and business. Distinctive in its capacity and a national model for academic leadership studies programs, the Leadership Center offers students rich and diverse experiences – from lectures, discussions with world-class leaders, to mentoring, study abroad, internships and opportunities to practice their skills while grounding them in scholarship and service. The Center is embraced by civic and philanthropic organizations and recognized by the business and education communities for excellence in leadership studies.

Leadership Studies Minor
The Leadership Studies Minor reflects leadership as an interdisciplinary area of study. Related opportunities range from international travel and study, to public lectures and forums where national and international scholars and leaders share their insights on ethical leadership.

Programs
Programs are designed to help developing leaders, including student leaders, public officials and heads of business, religious and educational institutions learn the strategies and implications of ethical decision-making. Training programs provide consultation and training in the Ethical Leadership Model™. Activities include everything from rituals and workshops to community development projects and intensive experiential strategies.

Research
Research programs involve faculty, students and scholars-in-residence in data collection, analysis and publishing. Programs expose students to advanced research techniques, increase the volume and availability of leadership studies material and support development of ethical leadership training.

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."

Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Whatever you do, strive to do it so well that no man living and no man dead, and no man yet to be born can do it any better."

Benjamin Elijah Mays

"A Dream is the bearer of a new possibility, the enlarged horizon, the great hope."

Howard Thurman

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."

Martin Luther King, Jr.

"It is not what you keep, but what you give that makes you happy."

Benjamin Elijah Mays

"Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."

Howard Thurman

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

Martin Luther King, Jr.

"As we face the unpredictable future, have faith that man and God will assist us all the way."

Benjamin Elijah Mays

"At the core of life is a hard purposefulness, a determination to live."

Howard Thurman

"Ultimately a great nation is a compassionate nation. No individual or nation can be great if it does not have a concern for the least of these."

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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