The Power to Serve and Lead for the Common Good
The D. Abbott Turner Program in Ethics and Servant Leadership (EASL) promotes servant leadership and ethically engaged practice throughout the Emory community. Under Edward Queen, Director, and Carlton Mackey, Assistant Director, EASL works to aid, inspire, and support all members of the Emory community in developing the commitment, courage, and skills to serve and lead for the common good.
EASL programs currently include:
• The Forum (for Emory students during the academic year)
• Servant Leader Summer Internships
• Public events
Amidst declining civic involvement and growing cynicism toward public institutions, universities must take seriously their role in cultivating and forming tomorrow’s leaders. Inherent in this work is the need to develop in those future leaders the required intellectual rigor, ethical awareness, and concern for the common good.
University students, with their intense but often inchoate passion for service and the advancement of humane values, have the potential to develop the ethical leadership required to address the pressing moral, social, political, and economic challenges faced by the United States and the world. The D. Abbott Turner Program in Ethics and Servant Leadership works to help today’s Emory University students become tomorrow’s ethical leaders by building strong connections between teaching, research, and service.
The program works through the model of servant leadership. Servant leadership rejects a view of leadership that is about the self-aggrandizement of the individual with positional authority. It maintains that true leaders are those attuned to working in partnership with individuals and the communities in which they live in order to improve human thriving. To advance its mission, the EASL program advocates increased attention throughout Emory University to ethics and leadership studies, theory-practice learning, community-based research, and volunteerism. Whether in non-profits, businesses, politics, religion, law or medicine, EASL strives to animate, encourage, advance, and support Emory’s citizen-scholars as they develop the power to serve and lead for the common good.
For more information on EASL or on servant leadership at Emory University, contact Edward Queen or Carlton Mackey.
The EASL Program is generously funded by an endowment from Mr. William B. Turner in memory of his father, D. Abbott Turner.