The manner in which my core values were formed within the context of the black family, social history, religious beliefs, and circumstances that presented opportunities for leadership are described. The influence of minority status on how I constructed my social reality, decision making, and sensitivity to the human condition is discussed. The need for civility, respect, and advocacy for minority issues and concerns is stressed. Examples of nurturing, mentoring, and role modeling are presented. The necessity for leaders to be visionary in defining the future is noted. Some personal rewards, challenges, and opportunity costs of being a leader are shared. Concerns for the future of the profession and challenges to its educational leadership, in an ever-changing global society, are delineated.