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What is the Ethical Leadership Certification Program?

The Ethical Leadership Certification Program is an online tool that helps college students identify ethical issues, learn how to respond to ethical dilemmas and enhance their ethical decision-making abilities. This program also helps students build their resumes and communicate their values to future employers.

Why Get Certified in Ethical Leadership?

Research published in the Harvard Business Review suggests that young professionals are unprepared to handle the ethical dilemmas they will face in their careers, because of the prevalence and impact of ethical dilemmas for young professionals, the justification of unethical acts, a lack of “deep” mentoring, and the effect of market forces.

Research also indicates that young professionals often know the right thing to do, but choose to engage in misconduct, because they believe their careers will be negatively impacted if they do not comply with unethical requests from their supervisors.
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What Topics Are Covered in this Certification Program?

The certification program has six modules, which cover the following topics:

  • Overview of Ethical Leadership
  • Ethical Decision Making
  • Organizational Support of Ethical Leadership
  • Role of Leadership in Managing and Preventing Conflicts and Ethical Risks
  • Role of Communication in Ethical Leadership
  • Implementing Ethical Leadership

What Are the Requirements to Complete the Certification?

Each module contains four or five sections, which last approximately 15 minutes each. Students are required to complete all six modules, and pass an exam at the conclusion of each section, by answering at least 80% of the questions correctly.

How Was the Certification Content Developed?

The program’s content was developed by leading ethics professors from across the country, led by Drs. O.C. and Linda Ferrell and an expert advisory panel.

Funding for the development of the project was provided through the Daniels Fund.