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Leadership Ethics

The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics explores ethical issues in organizational leadership such as corporate governance, role-based ethics and tone at the top. We also address questions of personal ethical leadership.

Resources for Leaders Managing Corporate Culture

A collection of articles sharing research and practical approaches to addressing the ethical challenges inherent in creating diverse, anti-racist, inclusive organizations.  We help managers understand what they need to do to create the kind of culture built on values, void of toxicity, and viable for the diversity represented in today's workforce.

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Evaluating Culture for Ethics

Culture Self-Assessment Practice recommends approaches to evaluating culture for ethics within companies and other types of organizations. The materials are primarily for members of an organization’s leadership team, including human resources and legal, but designed to engage a cross-section of leaders from various disciplines.

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Leadership Ethics Resources

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Articles

Leadership Ethics articles on corporate governance, ethical reasoning, diversity, mission and values, and culture.


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Case Studies

Case studies on leadership ethics issues faced by organizations such as Apple, Starbucks, and Wells Fargo.


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Customize Your Mission

A mission statement serves as a standard for ethical decision-making to guide individuals and organizations.


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Workplace Diversity Dialogues

Diversity and inclusion problems in Silicon Valley organizations are solvable if the issues are considered as ethical dilemmas. Find resources, articles, videos, and blog posts about diversity and inclusion here.


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Teaching Note: Interview of Theranos Whistleblower, Tyler Shultz

This teaching module for business ethics, leadership and management courses includes two videos, homework assignments, and class discussion, all designed to spark conversation about ethical issues associated with whistleblowers and corporate governance.

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Resources for Leaders During the COVID-19 Pandemic

A collection of articles addressing the compelling ethical issues that businesses and leaders are facing today.

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Benison: The Practice of Ethical Leadership

U.S. President, Joe Biden and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky meet in the Oval Office at the White House in August, 2021. Associated Press, Evan Vucci

In this time of war in the Ukraine, leaders are making nuanced and critical ethical decisions.

Robinhood brand logo on NASDAQ building signage

The story of the stock-trading app, Robinhood, presents an opportunity to reflect on the many tensions that exist within business activities.

Traditions from Indigenous American Peoples teach us to think about our interactions with natural resources as relationships rather than competitive advantages.

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Federal Trade Commission Chair Lina Kahn accused by Facebook and Amazon CEOs of showing bias in her efforts to highlight the firms’ anticompetitive practices.

    Media Commentary

    Ann Skeet, senior director of leadership ethics, quoted on NBC Bay Area.

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    Ann Skeet, director of leadership ethics, quoted by KPIX 5 CBS.

    Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk speaks at a press conference after Nevada was chosen as the new site for a $5 billion car battery gigafactory, which will be built east of Reno. Several hundred people attended the media event at the Capitol in Carson City, Nev., on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Cathleen Allison)

    Ann Skeet, senior director of leadership ethics, quoted by Protocol.

    Ann Skeet, senior director, leadership ethics, at Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, quoted on MarketWatch.

      A Model for Leadership Ethics

      Leadership ethics explores the relationships between leaders and followers and provides tools for those in leadership roles to bring ethics forward in organizations. Ann Skeet, senior director of leadership ethics, has developed a leadership model that encourages users to think of their leadership as a practice. It shows how leadership happens on a continuum from the personal to the formal, building from a leader’s character and including actions the leader takes, with elements combining to render the impact the leader has.

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      What Is Leadership Ethics?

      Leadership ethics looks at the issues people face when they're in formal leadership roles. It can also be about personal leadership—people’s character and values and how they “show up” in life, which is central to the way they are able to have an impact as leaders.

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