Serving the once and future king: using the TV series Merlin to teach servant-leadership and leadership ethics in schools

Kae Reynolds, Laura M. Oliver

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The recent financial crisis has brought business ethics issues to the forefront.
While most colleges have formal training in business ethics, a person’s ethical
standards have often developed before college age. This application brief
proposes using digital popular media to teach servant-leadership principles to
public school adolescents. The purpose is to illustrate the advantage of using
secular content from the television series Merlin (Wilkie, 2008) to demonstrate an
ethics-based leadership perspective through a medium that is accessible to the
virtual/video generation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)122-134
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Leadership Education
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes


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