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Being a true leader is never easy. Even with hundreds of leadership resources, being in a management role can be complicated. Add the concept of ethics into the equation and leadership is risen to the next level.

Will there ever be an answer for unethical behavior? The world is comprised of many cultures, religions, and beliefs. This diversity is what makes defining ethics and instilling ethical conduct in the workplace a difficult task. If the business world is going to advance the cause towards ethics, individuals must understand the traits and skills that an ethical leader should exhibit.

Sources Consulted: https://www.ethicalsystems.org/leadership/ https://www.betterup.com/blog/the-importance-of-an-ethical-leader https://www.sagepub.com/sites/default/files/upm-binaries/33554_Chapter1.pdf https://www.scu.edu/leadership-ethics/resources/what-is-leadership-ethics/ https://opentextbc.ca/principlesofmanagementopenstax/chapter/leadership-ethics-at-the-organizational-level/

Learning Objectives

  • Explore and evaluate the meaning of the term “ethics” and “unethical” as it pertains to leaders.
  • Identify variance between traits/skills.
  • Explore traits and skills of the ethical leader.
  • Discover and examine components of ethical leadership.
  • Discover what ethical leaders DO NOT do.
  • Explore and evaluate how to become an ethical leader.
  • Explore actions of the ethical leader.
  • Recognize and examine ideas to apply to encourage ethical leadership.
Last updated/reviewed: November 13, 2021

124 Reviews (603 ratings)Reviews

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Anonymous Author
This course provided an excellent overview of ethical leadership in the workplace, including the distinction between traits and skills. Lynn's courses are always informative, insightful, and relevant in today's workplace; she does an amazing job of providing easy-to-reference supporting materials to further reiterate key concepts.
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Anonymous Author
I thought this was a great course. I am so used to taking courses about the technical side of ethical decisions it was nice to take something different. Talking about traits and skills and relating them back to people you have worked with made it interesting.
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Lynn, I bet you are incredibly ethical. :) You go through the material with passion and can imprint ethical paradigms into the students. Another great course by my favorite Illumeo instructor. thank you. Larry
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Member's Profile
I appreciated the focus on this course on the journey to beocme a better ethical leader. The class addresses specific actions a leader can take to promote ethical behaviour across the company.
5
Member's Profile
This is such an important topic! I feel like many businesses could benefit by this presentation to their leadership team. Hopefully, I can incorporate some of these lessons in my workplace.
5
Member's Profile
This was one of the best courses I've taken on ethics. It gives a thorough overview of traits vs. skills, explains in detail the behavior of an ethical leader. I definitely recommend.
5
Member's Profile
Good reminder that a good leader must have good ethics to be successful long term. It is certainly a contrast to what is on display these days. I really like all of the quotes.
5
Member's Profile
Excellent course. Really enjoyed learning about the topics presented here. Instructor was wonderful. Would certainly recommend this course to my friends, family, and colleagues.
5
Member's Profile
Great material to use for training in the corporate environment. Good review for the ethical leader that understands all aspects of leading through doing what is right every time
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Anonymous Author
This course was brought up issues that are sometimes overlooked in the workforce. Sections were summed up by a quiz, bringing a strong conclusion to that particular session.
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Anonymous Author
I liked the strong examples of traits and skills and the suggestions to model ethical behavior in the workplace. All organizational levels would benefit from this course.
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Anonymous Author
This is a great course and should be taken and put to action by all managers/upper-mgmt. A lot of times I hear the 'vision' but don't always see it implemented or followed
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Anonymous Author
I expected this course to be a rehash of the generic ethical leader - but, was surprised at how engaging and thought provoking the course was. Would definitely recommend.
5
Anonymous Author
Traits and Skills of the Ethical Leader is a great course. It is interesting to learn that leadership skills can be important for our daily life as well as at work place.
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Member's Profile
This course provides a good understanding of the difference between traits and skills and how to focus on using both traits and skills in promoting ethical leadership.
5
Anonymous Author
I really enjoyed the material. I think that the presenter kept my attention and was quick to the point. The material will be very helpful in making my team stronger.
5
Member's Profile
Interesting course on skills and traits of an ethical leader, it emphasizes the importance of leading by example and how important tone at the top and culture are.
5
Anonymous Author
I appreciated realizing the difference between traits and skills, and particularly enjoyed the quotes used to reflect the concepts addressed. Highly recommended!
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Anonymous Author
This course brings the theoretical and practical aspects of ethics together to provide a great learning experience to all - regardless of role. Very well done!
5
Anonymous Author
This course provides understand about the importance and the necessity of ethic and how to practically implement ethical behavior in real modern business world.
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Anonymous Author
Professional ethics is being lost in today's era, and is of utmost importance to cultivate it. This is beneficial to a business in so many ways. Awesome topic!
5
Member's Profile
One of the best course I have taken recently, period. Very well organized, great and appropriate quotes. Review questions were at the right intervals.
5
Anonymous Author
The material was very helpful by calling out differences between traits and skills. The material also demonstrated great traits held by ethical leaders.
5
Member's Profile
Ethics aren't enforced in a lot of companies, rarely are they talked about. This course helped understand the importance of it and how to implement it.
4
Anonymous Author
This course is very good. I even like all the quotations provided and it provided a lot of good inputs that we can apply into our day to day work.
5
Anonymous Author
Another great course from Lynn. I enjoy the way she presents the material and the fact that she is on the screen during the lectures. Thank you!
5
Member's Profile
This is a good course to build a foundation for new leaders and also serve as a reminder to leaders of the impact they have on the organization.
4
Member's Profile
Great coverage examples of the different ways ethics can be promoted in the workplace. Liked the examples that mid-level managers can employ.
5
Anonymous Author
The course provides a great overview of ethics and is a great tool for leaders of all facets of the organization to know and understand.
5
Anonymous Author
The slides were incredibly helpful with following along with the webinar. Everything was explained in detail, which was very helpful.
5
Anonymous Author
I enjoyed this course. It shows the benefits of a top down approach to ethics and how to positively create an ethical organization.
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Anonymous Author
The traits of passion and selflessness are not always straight forward. This course does a good job of explaining the concepts.
5
Anonymous Author
Great course. Clearly defines the role of management in creating and maintaining an ethical culture throughout the organization.
4
Member's Profile
this course was too slow... i lost my attention a number of times. perhaps the topics were not specific enough to keep interest
5
Anonymous Author
As always, Lynn delivered a well organized and coherent course. The information presented was relatable and easy to comprehend.
5
Anonymous Author
I like the instructor's view on how traits and skills impact ethical decision-making. The course was informative and timely.
5
Anonymous Author
Useful topic for any profession. Internal auditors should make use of the presentation promoting ethics in their companies.
5
Member's Profile
Very good course, thank you. I find this very useful in my day to day life and interactions with peers in my organization
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Anonymous Author
This was a good overview - good reminder for leaders at any level to strive to be the most ethical version of themselves.
5
Member's Profile
This course has a lot of valuable information. I would recommend leaders of all levels to watch and listen to the lesson.
4
Anonymous Author
The course was beneficial for gaining a good understanding of ways to enhance good ethical behavior in an organization.
4
Member's Profile
Relatively common sense but good reminders. Stresses the importance of ethical behavior throughout the organization.
4
Anonymous Author
There are things I likes, nothing surprised me, I'm glad it focused on ethics and not other politically correct things
5
Member's Profile
This was a great course on being an ethical leader. There were great tips and tricks that I will take back to my team.
5
Anonymous Author
Gave a good broad overview of the importance of ethics and how you can help be a leader to increase ethical culture.
5
Anonymous Author
Great ethics review and a more specific look into how to be an ethical leader through leading by example and action.
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Anonymous Author
I like the definition of certain characteristics of ethical leaders and the message of 100% ownership/selflessness.
5
Anonymous Author
Great course that defines the differences between traits and skills and which are important for the ethical leader
5
Anonymous Author
Lynn Fountain presents this material in a organized and informative manner while making the experience enjoyable.
5
Anonymous Author
This is an amazing course that helps Accounting and Finance professionals strengthen their leadership knowledge.
Member's Profile
Very good job of breaking down a vital yet hard-to-grasp topic and asking challenging questions of the audience.
5
Anonymous Author
This is a very great course on ethics and leadership. The presentation was very clear, concise and interesting
5
Member's Profile
Good resource of information about the traits and skills of ethical leaders.
5
Anonymous Author
Very thorough and engaging on a rather dry topic. Not personally a fan of the emphasis on skills vs traits.
5
Anonymous Author
I really enjoyed the instructor and the clear slides. This was very simple to understand and informative.
5
Member's Profile
I liked the anecdotes that went along with the definitions. Easy to relate to and easy to understand.
5
Anonymous Author
Good refresher on ethics and some good points to remember and consider when leading an organization.
5
Anonymous Author
Another great course on ethics. A great reminder of traits and skills needed to be an ethical leader.
5
Anonymous Author
Excellent presentation! Thank you very much! We should always keep ethics before everything else.
5
Member's Profile
This is a great course if you are short on time and need to get CPEs. Easy to follow and understand.
5
Anonymous Author
Excellent course for leaders to review and become self aware of their own ethical traits and skills.
5
Member's Profile
Very helpful course. I found the traits vs. skills section to be especially useful in my day to day.
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Anonymous Author
This course provided a good overview of behaviors that can be learned in order to grow as a leader.
5
Anonymous Author
great session on ethics. really helps to think through and to apply in my role is a people manager
5
Anonymous Author
Comprehensive course on leadership. Course met all objectives and instructor is thought provoking.
5
Member's Profile
Great class on how to become a great leader! Learned the traits and qualities of a great leader!
5
Member's Profile
I liked the comparison and contrast between traits and skills and how some qualities may overlap.
5
Anonymous Author
good ethics refresher course. wish there were more examples on how to execute action in workplace
4
Member's Profile
Great overview of ethical leadership. Good learning and implementation tips for ethical culture.
5
Member's Profile
Program materials were relevant and contributed to the achievement of the learning objectives
5
Anonymous Author
Reinforces the actions that leadership should take to promote a strong ethical work environment.
5
Member's Profile
another cpe, that needs to be watched by the entire firm...would love the conversation after...
5
Member's Profile
The teacher was very informed on the topic. I would like less reading of the slides verbatim.
5
Member's Profile
Very interesting content and very well presented. I would highly recommend this course to all.
5
Member's Profile
I liked this course a lot and felt as though I can apply what I learned to my every day job.
5
Member's Profile
Very well written, as it focused on specifics and not just the theory of right versus wrong.
5
Anonymous Author
I enjoyed this course. The instructor was very effective in presenting the course materials.
5
Anonymous Author
It is always good to refresh on ethics in a work place especially in the changing culture.
5
Member's Profile
This is a very good course. It lays the foundation on becoming an inspirational leader.
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Anonymous Author
Solid points of reference and good information. Great refresher course for everyone to use
5
Member's Profile
A refreshing way to explain ethical behavior and how to implement in one's organization.
4
Anonymous Author
Good insights on what leaders should have to be considered a role model in the company.
4
Anonymous Author
Ethics flow downward...employees will follow the management's lead in these situations.
4
Anonymous Author
Good overview of the topic. The distinction between traits and skills is a great focus.
5
Anonymous Author
This course was something that was very interesting. i learned a lot from this lesson.
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Anonymous Author
This course was worth the time and I learned alot. Take the time to take this course.
5
Member's Profile
Refreshingly accurate and just the right length. To the point and easy to understand.
5
Anonymous Author
Great information on how to make impact on company from all levels of organization.
5
Member's Profile
I liked how clear the examples were and how it was relatable to my work environtment.
4
Anonymous Author
Good Course for the Basics. Much information is available on this important topic.
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Anonymous Author
Будет не лишним перечитать это очередной раз
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Anonymous Author
Well prepared and presented information on skills and traits of an ethical leader
5
Anonymous Author
very useful course for everyone, not only people in higher management positions
5
Member's Profile
Good overview - sometimes the line between skills and traits are a bit blurry.
5
Anonymous Author
Recommend to attend that great course of traits and skills of ethical leader.
4
Anonymous Author
Very informative course that went into great detail about traits and skills.
4
Anonymous Author
Easy exam on ethics, but nevertheless good insights to this field of study
5
Member's Profile
Great Course. Really covered the material in a clear and concise fashion.
5
Anonymous Author
Good job tying together the leadership role and the cultural environment.
5
Member's Profile
Good overview of ethics. I would recommend to managers seeking guidance.
4
Member's Profile
Thorough discussion of ethics and good definition of traits and skills.
5
Anonymous Author
Excellent course for applying ethical leadership in your organization.
5
Anonymous Author
This was a great class in understanding ethics and leadership. Thanks.
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Member's Profile
good course on Ethics. I recommned for all to go through this course.
5
Member's Profile
This is a very detailed and informative course. I really enjoyed it.
5
Member's Profile
Great course and solid subject. This was a great refresher overall.
5
Anonymous Author
Very practical and applicable. Course PDF was very easy to follow.
5
Member's Profile
Great content! Lots of takeaways that can be applied immediately.
5
Anonymous Author
I enjoyed this course, it was very detailed and well thought out
4
Member's Profile
good info, good materials, relevant info. I have to write more
5
Anonymous Author
Good course, well organized, good examples and communication.
5
Anonymous Author
covered a lot of relevant topics and gave a lot of good tips.
5
Member's Profile
Thorough coverage of what it means to be an ethical leader.
5
Member's Profile
The slides were presented well and were easy to follow.
5
Member's Profile
Interesting presentation, clear and easy to understand.
5
Member's Profile
Excellent course with content-rich and lot take ways!!!
5
Member's Profile
Excellent, clear and concise. Enjoyed the presentation.
5
Member's Profile
Clear and concise; addressed some less obvious issues.
4
Anonymous Author
Insightful. I liked the portion on vision and purpose.
5
Anonymous Author
The best ethics course that I have taken. Thank you!
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Anonymous Author
Overall good course and material was presented well.
5
Anonymous Author
Traits and Skills of the Ethical Leader good course.
5
Member's Profile
Good review of concepts and provided valuation info
5
Anonymous Author
Tackles an important topic from many angles

Prerequisites

Course Complexity: Intermediate

No Advanced Preparation or Prerequisites are needed for this course. However, it is recommended to take the other courses in the series prior to completing this one.

Education Provider Information

Company:
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Course Syllabus
INTRODUCTION and OVERVIEW
  2:13An Overview
  9:46Ethics Definition
  8:32The Ethical Leader
  6:37Traits vs. Skills
Traits
  16:34Traits Vision and Purpose
  8:37Passion
  6:56Selflessness
  10:28Attitude
  9:41Other Traits
  6:45Group Think and Justice
  9:43Honesty and Integrity
Skills
  8:28Set the Right Example
  18:40Stand, Trust and Authority
  7:11Initiative and Responsibility Leadership
GOAL OF AN ETHICAL LEADER
  2:35What the Ethical Leader Does not Do
  4:45Becoming an Ethical Leader
  11:02Ideas to Apply
  2:28Summary
Continuous Play
  2:31:01The Ethical Leader
SUPPORTING MATERIALS
  PDFSlides: The Ethical Leader
  PDFThe Ethical Leader Glossary/Index
REVIEW and TEST
  quizREVIEW QUESTIONS
 examFINAL EXAM