10 Classes, 15 Months, 100% Online


The degree consists of 10 courses, each of which is 10 weeks long, offered entirely online. You can take either 1 or 2 classes at a time, which means you can complete the entire program in as little as 15 months.

After completing the program students will be able to:

  1. Apply forms of ethical reflection drawn from various cultural and wisdom traditions to your personal and professional life
  2. Work effectively in contexts of religious and cultural differences
  3. Employ contemporary approaches to leadership and management in order to promote positive change
  4. Act with integrity in personal and professional life based on enhanced self-knowledge

Courses

  • Professional and Personal Assessment

    Course Number: LEL3000

    Effective leaders know themselves. They know who they are, what they believe, and what they can offer to those around them. In this course, you will participate in a 360 degree assessment -- the Leadership Practices Inventory -- to assess your current leadership skills and how you understand your strengths and weaknesses. You will be introduced to new skills for lifelong self-assessment that will help you gain deeper awareness of your unique contributions in professional and personal life. This course sets the stage for the rest of the program by helping you discover your natural strengths and identify areas for future development.

    In this course, you will…

    • Identify your skills, strengths and potential as a leader
    • See the critical gaps in your own leadership development
    • Understand how notable figures across history developed as leaders
    • Formulate of a plan for short- and long-term development to become a more ethical leader

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  • Mindfulness at Work

    Course Number: LEL3001

    This program assumes that a keen awareness of your interior life—your emotions, reactions, internal dialogues and logics—is the basis for ethical leadership. In this class, you will learn proven methods that bring personal focus and mindfulness into your professional life. Using practices informed by the diverse worlds of neuroscience, psychology, spirituality and organizational leadership, you will learn how you react—and how you could react differently—to conflict, diversity, difficult personalities, and other stress points in daily life. The goal of this class is simple: to start you on the journey to a more mindful, compassionate understanding of yourself and others … the real-life skills that are the foundation of leadership in the workplace.

    In this course, you will…

    • Be introduced to mindfulness practices that cultivate personal awareness and professional attentiveness
    • Examine how attentiveness can benefit interpersonal relationships in the workplace
    • Develop patterns of non-violent communication in professional and personal life
    • Learn how to apply these practices in the workplace for more effective and ethical leadership

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  • Ethical Frameworks

    Course Number: LEL3002

    Our understanding of ethics - the basic systems for determining right and wrong - are often rooted in complex combinations of our personal, cultural, national, familial, and/or religious experiences and traditions. In this course, you will become familiar with major perspectives on ethical reasoning, including questions of character and identity. You will read selections from classical and contemporary ethicists, examine multiple sources of and approaches to ethical reflection, and put your new knowledge to work in concrete, contemporary case studies. In the end, you will recognize that ethical deliberation is neither reserved for saints or specialists, nor only relevant in crisis situations. It is integral to our daily decision-making.

    In this course, you will…

    • Gain knowledge about different sources of ethics across human history
    • Learn about the roots of your own ethical convictions
    • Recognize and evaluate ethical arguments and “straw man” justifications
    • Learn which ethical principles are held in common across various cultural, religious and philosophical traditions
    • Apply sound ethical reasoning in your professional context and personal life

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  • Leading Change

    Course Number: LEL3006

    Personal character is foundational to professional leadership. In this introduction to the study of leadership, you will build on the practices of self-assessment and attentiveness from the first two classes and build skills for leading and motivating with integrity. Drawing on contemporary research and best practices in organizational change, you will be introduced to leadership as influence and understand the ways in which power is widely distributed among people, within organizations, and throughout communities. You will learn proven strategies for affecting organizational change regardless of your position, while developing the practical skills of analysis, action, assessment, and planning in your own professional context.

    In this course, you will…

    • Be exposed to leadership skills that account for people as resources for positive organizational change
    • Understand different forms of intelligence (cognitive, emotional, social) and their importance in leading people through change
    • Explore how personal integrity and ethical orientation integrates with best practices in organizational leadership

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  • Ethics and Globalization

    Course Number: LEL3004

    We can no longer make workplace decisions in a vacuum. In a globalized era, the actions of our organizations have ripple effects that cross borders and reach around the world. In this class, you will focus squarely on the role of ethical leadership in a diverse, interconnected economy. Building on previous courses, this class connects your personal values to the ethical perspectives of different regional, cultural, and national contexts. It draws on various philosophical and wisdom traditions to develop a balanced and responsible organizational ethics. And looking forward to subsequent courses, it considers the role of ethics in global change, global leadership skills, and issues of conflict, commodities, resources and labor.

    In this course, you will…

    • Better understand globalization and be able to articulate its impacts on your organization
    • Identify root causes of trans-national conflict in the world economy
    • Develop cross-cultural skills for working effectively with people and organizations worldwide
    • Learn how to more effectively build diverse teams and resolve conflict in trans-national organizational settings

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  • Leadership Skills for the Global Office

    Course Number: LEL3007

    Our era is characterized by global migration and instantaneous communication, which adds multiple layers of complexity to decision-making in the workplace. As a result, organizations thrive when leaders understand both the perils and power of diversity—and can effectively mobilize diverse groups of people around common goals. In this class, you will learn principles and methods of leading and managing in diverse professional settings, with particular focus on global leadership competencies. In the 21st century, effective leadership requires deep understanding of racial, cultural, religious, and sexual dynamics—the dynamics that influence the success and outcomes of national and international organizations.

    In this course, you will…

    • Learn about historical and socio-economic dimensions of organizations and their stakeholders
    • Develop skills and understanding for cross-cultural (including ethnicity, gender, religion, and nation of origin) communication and cooperation in the workplace
    • Learn techniques for developing sustainable and mutually beneficial relationships between institutions and diverse communities
    • Acquire tools for effectively navigating through and negotiating with diverse populations

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  • From Conflict to Solution

    Course Number: LEL3008

    Conflict in the workplace is nearly impossibly to avoid, and it can derail even the most well-meaning organizations. In this course, you will learn about common sources of conflict between individuals, departments, and among identity groups. You will also learn about and begin to practice proven mediation techniques that can help you lead effectively through conflicts. You will be exposed to theories, concepts and practices of negotiation and mediation, including the stages and goals of the negotiation and mediation process. A key assumption is that dialogue and leadership should be approached in a spirit of openness, humility, and respect.

    In this course, you will…

    • Develop the ability to assist disputants to identify issues, interests, and needs, and to create options by applying accepted mediation techniques.
    • Identify standards of mediation practice, including impartiality, confidentiality, and self-determination.
    • Learn to be self-evaluative in moments of conflict and anger

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  • Rethinking Money and Meaning

    Course Number: LEL3003

    Money was invented as a tool for exchange of goods and services, and it’s become both a compelling and corrupting force among humans. But while money can buy many things, it cannot buy everything—and in some cases it costs more than it’s worth. In this course, you will explore how money works in the world and how it can be or should be managed to achieve strategic, sociopolitical or ethical ends. You will develop a vision for how capital can be leveraged in organizations as a resource for positive change toward more sustainable models of business and society. You will also be introduced to leading-edge approaches to social entrepreneurship, social business, and organizing for social change in the for-profit and the not-for profit sectors.

    In this course, you will…

    • Better understand how money is valued in a range of organizational settings
    • Be exposed to current developments and best practices in social entrepreneurship and corporate social responsibility
    • Recognize how sustainable models of operation can improve your organization’s bottom line
    • Gain the skills to strategically plan and lead projects toward ethical, sustainable ends

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  • Contemporary Issues in Ethics and Leadership

    Course Number: LEL3005

    This course highlights the current ethical issues and challenges facing leaders today. Ethical leadership has become an increasingly important topic among organizational leaders, professionals, and employees across all industries and organizations. In recent years, there have been widespread leadership and ethical failures among some of our most well-known organizations. We have witnessed the scandals brought about by a lapse in ethical leadership by successful individuals and organizations. This shows that even ethical leaders are not free from mistakes and blind spots at some point in their lives. What separates them from unethical leaders is how they respond to ethical issues and learn from their mistakes.

    In this course, you will…

    • Understand the contemporary issues facing ethics and leadership today.
    • Learn the responsibilities of ethical leadership.
    • Identify ethical risks and issues in making ethical decisions.
    • Explore how managers are important gatekeepers with internal and external stakeholders.
    • Understand the relationships between ethics, social responsibility, and sustainability in the firm.
    • Learn how ethical leaders should respond in crisis situations.
    • Examine external pressures for ethical decisions related to regulatory and self-regulatory organizations.
    • Experience real ethical decisions through cases, simulations, debates,and other activities.

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  • Leadership Capstone: Putting Ethics to Work

    Course Number: LEL3009

    The ultimate challenge of ethical leadership is to live a life of integrity while building socially responsible organizations in a globalized world. In this final course, you will pull it all together. You will revisit the goals and values you articulated in the introductory class and retake the Leadership Practices Inventory so you can see the ways in which you have grown and matured across the duration of the program. You will also develop a leadership plan for further action after graduation. You will also develop a final project, using your own workplace as your subject, and plan out your next steps as an ethical leader in your organization.

    In this course, you will…

    • Have an action plan for personal development and professional advancement
    • Be able to articulate your strengths as a leader, in the context of your particular professional environment
    • Have the skills to develop creative partnerships and build bridges between people of different cultures
    • Be prepared to lead more effectively in a complex, globalized world.

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