Ethical Leadership

What do you think of when you hear the phrase, “ethical leadership”?

Is ethical leadership just “doing the right thing”? Or, does your mind go to the legal definition of ethics, and your local code of ethics? Or maybe you think of leading ethical initiatives, along the lines of pro bono legal work? Before we wrap up this course, I’d like you to think about all of these definitions of ethical leadership, and what you will commit to as an ethical leader.

Don’t Try to be the “Fun Boss” – and other lessons in Ethical Leadership
(Kimberly Nei and Darin Nei – Harvard Business Review)

A Framework for Ethical Decision Making (Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, Santa Clara University)

Fostering an Ethical Organization from the Bottom Up and Outside In
(Megan F. Hess and Earnest Broughton, Kelley School of Business)

A New Model for Ethical Leadership (Max Bazerman, Harvard Business Review)

Moral Person and Moral Manager: How Executives Develop a Reputation for Ethical Leadership
(Linda Klebe Trevino, Laura Pincus Hartman and Michael Brown, California Management Review, 2000)

Deep Dive (Optional): Fred Kofman, author of the book, “Conscious Business” talks about the role of a leader in social change. This is a long video, but if you have the time it is worth watching and thinking how you can leverage your resources and leadership to make a lasting difference.