Ethics Topics > Leadership
Leadership comes in many forms and is often defined in just as many ways. These teaching resources define leadership as the ability for individuals or groups to guide others ethically and effectively in order to bring about positive change.
These resources offer insight into the particular biases that leaders face as well as the biases and pressures that affect group dynamics. It also includes best practices for leaders. Everyone should develop the tools and skills necessary to become effective, ethical leaders regardless of their role within their organization.
The challenges specific to hierarchical leadership structures are also addressed. For instance, the moral example set by leaders has a significant influence on the behavior of followers. Research shows that both good and bad behavior is infectious. So it’s critical that leaders set good examples in all aspects of their work and lives.
Begin by viewing the suggested videos for general topics such ethical leadership, the biases that leaders are prone to, and rising to moral challenges. Then watch the Being Your Best Self series for the four components of ethical action. TO dig deeper, watch the videos about the behavioral ethics biases that impact decision-making and can lead to poor choices. To prompt conversation, use the discussion questions which follow each video. Read the video teaching notes for more details and (often) assignment suggestions.
For a detailed approach to values-driven leadership, watch the whole Giving Voice to Values Series.
Read case studies for a look at different leadership styles, including examples of both ethical and unethical leadership in business, finance, politics, and history. To dig deeper answer the case study discussion questions and sketch the ethical decision-making process outlined in each case. The case studies can start your class discussion on ethics.
To explore the resources further, watch “related” videos and read their corresponding case studies. Many of the ethics concepts covered by Ethics Unwrapped operate in tandem with each other, so the more you watch, the greater your understanding of ethical issues.