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Executive Leadership
and Governance
Ethical Leadership
Agenda
Review of Prepare Activities
Ethical Crises in Business
United Airlines Case Study
Review of Apply Activities
Ethical Decision-making
Reflection

Topic Learning Outcomes
Apply an ethical perspective to leadership decisions
Critically evaluate strategic issues with an ethics lens
and provide appropriate advice

Prepare
Corporate Social Responsibility
Source: Ethical Hour
Ethical Components and Unethical Forces
Criteria for Evaluating Ethical Leadership

Criterion Ethical leadership Unethical leadership
Use of leader power and
influence
Serves followers and the organisation Satisfies personal needs and career objectives
Handling diverse needs of
multiple stakeholders
Attempts to balance and integrate them Favours coalition partners who offer the most benefits
Development of a vision
for the organisation
Based on follower input about their
needs, values and ideas
Sells a personal vision as the only way for the
organisation to succeed
Integrity of leader
behaviour
Acts consistently with espoused values Does what is expedient to attain personal objectives
Risk-taking in leader’s
decisions and actions
Willing to take personal risks and make
necessary decisions
Avoids necessary decisions or actions that
involve personal risk to the leader
Communication of
relevant information
operations
Information disclosure about events,
problems and actions is complete/timely
Uses deception/distortion to bias followers’
perceptions about problems and progress
Response to criticism and
dissent by followers
Encourages critical evaluation to find
better solutions
Discourages and suppresses criticism or dissent
Development of follower
skills and self-confidence
Uses coaching, mentoring and training to
develop followers
No emphasis on development to keep followers
weak and dependent on the leader

Multiple Causes of Abuse and Corruption
Source: Nahavandi, 2015
Essential Reading
• Alpha Paw, 2018. 25 Biggest Corporate Scandals Ever. [Online]. [Accessed 3rd
February 2021]. Available at:

• DW News, 2017. Islamic Banking as an Ethical Alternative. [Online]. [Accessed
3
rd February 2021]. Available at:

• Ethnosphere. 2021. The World’s Most Ethical Companies. [Online] . [Accessed
3
rd February 2021]. Available at: https://www.worldsmostethicalcompanies.com/
• Mabey, C. and Knights, D. 2018. Leadership Matters. New York: Routledge.
• Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, 2012. Concepts of Corporate Social
Responsibility in China. [online] Available at:

7ABCFEE7F60668&index=14

Ethical Crises in Business
https://creative.starbucks.com/logos/
Ethical Crises in Business
15 minutes + group discussion
• Read the guardian article about the Starbucks Racial
Bias ethical crisis
• Conduct brief online research into how the company
responded to and managed an ethical crisis
• Bring back your examples for us to discuss as a group

United Airlines Case Study
20 minutes
1. Download the activity worksheet
2. Watch the video and read the news article concerning
the issues on the United Airlines flight
3. Then give your answers to the polls on screen
Sources: United Airlines
Apply
Apply
Identify a company that is well known for having
an ethical approach to business. How has this
helped them achieve success? Does it also give
them challenges?

Guide for Ethical Decision-making: Test the Options
Harm test: Does this option do less harm than the alternatives?

Publicity test: Would I want my choice of this option published in the newspaper?
Would I want my Grandma to know?

 

Defensibility test: Could I defend this choice of option before a committee of peers, without appearing self –
serving?

Reversibility test: Would I still think this choice of option was good if it were applied to me instead of others?
Colleague test: What might my profession’s governing board or ethics committee say about this option?
Organisation test: What does my organisation’s ethics officer or legal counsel say about this?

Virtue test: Would a virtuous person do this? What kind of person does this?
What kind of person would I become if I did this kind of thing all the time?

Adapted from Michael Davis, Ethics and the University (Routledge, London, 1999), pp.166-67
Ethical Decision-making
15 minutes
• Read the instructions in the activity worksheet then discuss
your thoughts as a group
• Nominate one group member to act as your
scribe, who will
capture your thoughts using the
notes pod
• Your output in this pod will feed through to the main room and
we will discuss this after your group work is complete

Disney Case Study
Reflective Practice
1. What learning will you take away from this webinar?
• Was anything new to you or came as a surprise?
• Is there anything that you will now think about differently?
• What have you found particularly useful?
2. How might you develop you approach to leadership as a result
of these reflections?
• Where do you see these concepts reflected in your own leadership practice?
• Do you have strengths/weaknesses in these areas?
• What concrete things that you can do over the next week or two to improve
your practice?
• What things can you do in the longer term to improve your practice?
• Where do these things fit in your personal development plan?

Recap
• Review of Prepare Activities
• Ethical Crises in Business
• United Airlines Case Study
• Review of Apply Activities
• Ethical Decision-making
• Reflection

Any questions or
comments?

Thank you for your
participation
Next Steps – Consolidate
• Topic Round-Up
• Topic Quiz

References
• Alpha Paw, 2018. 25 Biggest Corporate Scandals Ever. [Online]. [Accessed 3rd
February 2021]. Available at:

• DW News, 2017. Islamic Banking as an Ethical Alternative. [Online]. [Accessed 3
rd
February 2021]. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2G4NNaRkd2c
• Davis, M. 1999. Ethics and the University Routledge, London.
• Ethnosphere. 2021. The World’s Most Ethical Companies. [Online]. [Accessed 3
rd
February 2021]. Available at: https://www.worldsmostethicalcompanies.com/
• Hegarty, N. and Moccia, S. 2018. Components of Ethical Leadership and Their
Importance in Sustaining Organizations Over the Long Term. The Journal of
Values-Based Leadership. 11(1).

References
• Mabey, C. and Knights, D. 2018. Leadership Matters. New York: Routledge.
• Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, 2012. Concepts of Corporate Social
Responsibility in China. [Online]. [Accessed 3
rd February 2021]. Available at:

ABCFEE7F60668&index=14
• Nahavandi, A. 2015. The Art and Science of Leadership. 7th ed. Essex: Pearson
• Yukl, G. A., and Yukl, G. 2002. Leadership in Organizations. New Jersey: Prentice
Hall.