This course will engage students in the discussion of ethics, studying how personal values, ethical models and reflective processes shape our ethical decision making in a leadership context. Discussions and study will be grounded in western philosophical thought, organizational and societal moral realities including social responsibility with special attention to servant leadership. Research will focus on ethical leadership, its importance and how leaders/learners can continue to integrate ethics into their own leadership stance. Psychometric instruments used in this course: Organizational Culture Ethical Index (OCEI), Leadership Preference Continuum (LPC).

Learning Objectives:

  1. Evaluate leadership practices through the perspective of ethical principles and behaviors.
  2. Explore the relationship between social responsibility, organizational culture and ethics.
  3. Describe the relationship of servant leadership to ethics and social responsibility.
  4. Discuss the foundational philosophical systems from which ethics emerges.
  5. Incorporate the normative ethical theories of virtue, deontology and consequentialism into the ethical reflection process.
  6. Describe the relationship between the religious/philosophical dimension and the scientific dimension.
  7. Integrate an ethical reflection model into one’s personal leadership practices.

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