Instructor for this course

Will there ever be an answer for unethical behavior?  The world comprises 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.

Ethical leaders seem to always know how to do the right thing. It may be difficult to define what “right” is in words, but ethical leaders are not afraid to do what they truly believe is right. They are not swayed by the “popular” vote.  They are ready and willing to step up to the challenge.

Washington Carrato, creator of The Man Van, states:

“Being a great leader is all about timing and knowledge. A good leader knows when to criticize, when to praise, when to encourage, and when to demand more from their team. Being a leader does not mean working in isolation. Nobody knows the answer to every problem.  It is essential to understand your shortcomings, and consistently learn and develop. A good leader will seek out a mentor to learn from and bounce ideas off.”

This quote incorporates many of the important aspects that are covered in this course. Learners will come away with a better understanding of how to put their current skills to proper use through direction actions, as well as refine their inherent traits, to allow them to address difficult situations in the most positive manner possible.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the difference between traits and skills of ethical leaders.
  • Explore traits and skills of the ethical leader.
  • Discover the components of ethical leadership.
  • Explore how to become an ethical leader.
  • Explore actions of the ethical leader.
  • Discover ideas to apply to encourage ethical leadership.
Last updated/reviewed: March 09, 2018

Included In Certifications

This course is included in the following Expert Certifications:

15 CoursesEthical Leadership Certification

  1. History of Ethics
  2. Psychology Behind Ethics: Part 1
  3. Psychology Behind Ethics: Part 2
  4. COSO 2013 Control Environment Compliance
  5. Corporate Ethics
  6. Managing Through Corporate Politics
  7. Real World Business Ethics Scenarios
  8. Relationship between Ethics, Morality, and the Law
  9. Impact of Ethics on Leadership
  10. Traits and Skills of the Ethical Leader
  11. Framework for Ethical Decision Making
  12. Keys to an Effective Code of Conduct
  13. Keys to Understanding Conflicts of Interest
  14. When The Whistle Blows Part 1: History, Regulations, and Concepts
  15. When The Whistle Blows Part 2: Managing Whistleblower Hotlines

17 Reviews (70 ratings)Reviews

Member's Profile
Good resource of information about the traits and skills of ethical leaders.
Anonymous Author
Useful topic for any profession. Internal auditors should make use of the presentation promoting ethics in their companies.
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.
Anonymous Author
Gave a good broad overview of the importance of ethics and how you can help be a leader to increase ethical culture.
Anonymous Author
Lynn Fountain presents this material in a organized and informative manner while making the experience enjoyable.
Member's Profile
Very good job of breaking down a vital yet hard-to-grasp topic and asking challenging questions of the audience.
Member's Profile
This is a great course if you are short on time and need to get CPEs. Easy to follow and understand.
Anonymous Author
This course provided a good overview of behaviors that can be learned in order to grow as a leader.
Member's Profile
Great class on how to become a great leader! Learned the traits and qualities of a great leader!
Member's Profile
The teacher was very informed on the topic. I would like less reading of the slides verbatim.
Member's Profile
This is a very good course. It lays the foundation on becoming an inspirational leader.
Anonymous Author
Well prepared and presented information on skills and traits of an ethical leader
Member's Profile
Good overview - sometimes the line between skills and traits are a bit blurry.
Member's Profile
Thorough discussion of ethics and good definition of traits and skills.
Member's Profile
This is a very detailed and informative course. I really enjoyed it.
Member's Profile
Thorough coverage of what it means to be an ethical leader.
Anonymous Author
Tackles an important topic from many angles


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

Illumeo, Inc., 75 East Santa Clara St., Suite 1215, San Jose, CA 95113
For more information regarding this course, including complaint and cancellation policies, please contact our offices at (408) 400- 3993 or send an e-mail to .
Course Syllabus
  5:18Introduction to Traits and Skills of the Ethical Leader
  4:18Traits vs. Skills
  9:38Traits: Vision and Purpose
  5:52Traits: Passion
  6:26Traits: Selflessness
  5:42Traits: Attitude
  6:16Other Traits: Humanity, Dignity and Respect, and Awareness
  3:16Traits: Group Think and Justice
  4:22Traits: Honesty and Integrity
  7:43Skills: Communication and Problems Solving
  5:42Skills: Initiative and Responsibility, Leadership by Example, and No Tolerance
  12:46Becoming an Ethical Leader
  1:16Course Summary
Continuous Play
  1:33:31Traits and Skills of the Ethical Leader
  PDFSlides: Traits and Skills of the Ethical Leader
  PDFTraits and Skills of the Ethical Leader Glossary/Index