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Morality, Moral Leadership
Morality, ethics , and values are all terms used to indicate what is right or good. Some scholars distinguish moral from ethical by using moral to describe the rightness or wrongness of particular conduct or character, and ethical to refer to a more universal understanding of standards and principles. It is common to discuss personal morality in contrast to professional ethics, for instance. The term values is sometimes used interchangeably with principles, but some researchers and scholars define values as nonmoral preferences, opinions, beliefs, and attitudes that people hold in a relative sense. For educators, the notion of moral agency is a powerful one. Hugh Sockett defines moral agency in terms of an individual's capacity to consider the interests of others while being grounded in a clear set of virtues or principles that guide action. Elizabeth Campbell discusses moral agency both in the context of how educators treat students and ...