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Ethical Leadership

  • Date

    May 10, 2023

  • Time

    11:00 AM – 3:00 PM ET

  • Length

    2 consecutive Wednesdays

  • Format


  • Cost


  • Registration Deadline

    May 2, 2023

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Develop the ability to lead through challenging dilemmas and competing values to promote ethical decision-making.

What You'll Learn

Ethical leadership must be a core value in today’s business world.

Unethical behavior is not the result of fundamentally bad people in power. Rather, unethical behavior is often a consequence of a long, unfolding process, starting with an ethical dilemma—a tension between competing values.

It can be difficult to manifest the values that are important to us when we are confronted with pressures to do otherwise. As leaders, we have an opportunity to create an environment that minimizes the risk of people in our organization making the unethical choices when facing ethical dilemmas.

Doing the right thing must be more than simply a tagline, though. In this leadership training program, you will develop the ability to recognize competing values within your organization, take disparate value propositions of various stakeholders and integrate them into a coherent strategy to help them respond to a wide range of ethical challenges.

Program Benefits

  • Develop the ability to recognize competing values within your organization
  • Develop an understanding of how psychological, organizational, and cultural forces influence ethical behavior
  • Hone your capacity to take a stand and offer a justification for your decisions
  • Gain the knowledge and tactics to design procedures and processes in your organization that lead to ethical outcomes
  • Explore ways to nurture the ethical behaviors that will guide your career, as well as develop a language and set of tools to nurture ethical behavior in those around you
  • Learn how to make difficult decisions that involve economic, legal, and ethical responsibilities to multiple parties
  • Take disparate value propositions of various stakeholders and integrate them into a coherent strategy to help them respond to ethical challenges
  • Earn a Certificate of Participation from the Harvard Division of Continuing Education

Topics Covered

The Challenge

  • How can we make difficult decisions that often involve conflicting economic, legal, and ethical responsibilities to multiple parties?

Moral Frameworks

  • What are the various implicit moral frameworks to use when making decisions, and how does each of the moral frameworks sometimes lead us to unethical behavior?

Leader Practices

  • How can I ensure that I make good, ethical decisions, and also ensure my staff make decisions or take actions that aren’t morally questionable?

The Slippery Slope

  • How do seemingly good people end up doing bad things?
  • What role does our psychology play in facilitating this slide down the slippery ethical slope?

Organizing for Moral Behavior

  • What role does the organization play in exacerbating unethical behavior?
  • What steps can I take to apply the framework from this program in my organization?

Note: All program content will be delivered live and will not be recorded.

Who Should Enroll

This online program is designed for executives and leaders who wish to ensure their groups or organizations operate ethically.

The insights are just as applicable for new team leaders as they are for seasoned executives.

May Schedule

Week 1
• Complications & Unethical Behaviors
• The Individual & Moral Justifications

Week 2
• Speaking Up
• Designing an Ethical Organization


  • Paul Green, Jr.

    Paul Green, Jr.

    Paul is an instructor at Harvard Extension School where he teaches a course in organizational behavior. He studies ways in which connections at work can enable or constrain important individual and organizational outcomes like engagement, fulfillment, motivation and performance, and individual development.