Virtues Of Leadership Essay

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The absence of freedom drives individuals to rethink the values and morals that has accustomed ones understanding of the enslaved world in contrast to a free world. Up From Slavery: An Autobiography by Booker T. Washington chronicles the journey of young enslaved Washington as his transition into manhood. Enslaved Washington and his family suffered from the institution of slavery, but once emancipated the obstacles to securing a home, employment, and education did not stop Washington from achieving notable success as a leader for the African American community. He acknowledged the cruelty and moral wrong of slavery and used that as a foundation to build towards something greater than the ten million Negroes inhabiting this country, who themselves or whose ancestors went through the school of slavery, and are in a stronger and more hopeful condition, materially, intellectually, morally, and religiously as a result of knowing that the institution of slavery was greater than the enslaved and their white counterparts. Washington did let slavery hinder his aspiration of greatness, which depicts Immanuel Kant ethical theory deontology, which postulates “necessity” and “universality” as moral conduct. That our imperative, a principle or conclusion about what we have reason to do, expressed using the term “ought” which, out of the necessity to do good will, the right thing to do is our universal duty and is something that is naturally good for our moral character. Washington career in the public sector went beyond the expectations of society, especially former slaver owners. Public administrators today ought to model themselves after the lessons Washington learned throughout his career as a public administrator in order to make a difference in the public administration setting today.
Early on in Washington’s educational endeavors, he endured many obstacles. Poverty did not prevent Washington from wanting an education. In fact, he resolved to let no obstacle prevent him from putting forth the highest effort to fit him to accomplish the most good in the world. The most good, the ability to go back into the communities, show others the value of an education, uplifting others, and inspiring hope after emancipation. Washington was tenacious in proving that his harsh economic status was a minor obstacle. He learned from the teachers he met at Hampton Institute that selflessness, giving ones all without expecting anything in return was the indicator to attesting to the most good that one can achieve in life. It meant that happiness, unselfishness, and sacrifice are most important in securing an education and the ability to educate those similarly situated. As a public administrator, one should value education as a means to improving social conditions. Education today seems overlooked by society because states and local government tend to cut educational programs first in order to reduce budgets. Washington succeeded with very little funding to educate...

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