Leadership Ethics

This course, taught by a coach during the semester, will explore the theme of ethical leadership and hone skills around real-world application. Students will explore and reflect on the following areas in the context of leadership:

  • What is ethical, who decides, and how?
  • Whose interest(s) is/are at stake, who determines, and how to assess?
  • How to progress from being an ethical person to being an ethical leader?
  • How to develop constructive voice, and engaged leadership?

Please note that the completion of this course is required in order to be awarded the Leadership Certificate.

This course is limited to 25 participants and is suited for students with an interest in ethical or organisational leadership. It comprises a series of 5 workshops that can be taken on their own, to fulfil a cohort activity requirement; or in a series, to fulfil a core requirement.

Last semester’s curriculum and details can be viewed below.


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As part of the course, students will:

  • Explore underlying concepts and/or philosophical underpinnings
  • Appreciate the importance of ethics in leadership
  • Identify personal values
  • Explore and develop personal leadership style (i.e. competencies and ethical standpoints) through case studies and dilemmas (local, cross-cultural and international)
  • practice and apply acquired skills and framework to real-life situations/settings

By the end of the course, students will:

  • Understand ethical dimensions of situations, including own ethical principles or theories
  • Develop ability to see world from another’s point of view (i.e. intra and inter-cultural perspectives)
  • Appreciate and understand complexities, uncertainties and responsibilies of ethical leadership (be cognizant of distinctive moral perils and challenges that leaders face given distinctive privileges and responsibilities)
  • Know how to employ ethical reasoning , and approach ethical decision-making within leadership
  • Develop an authentic position where they will learn how to exhibit and encourage those they lead to develop deep sense of responsibility toward individuals, organisation and the broader community.
  • Understand positive ethical leadership, and the broader impact of actions on community