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Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

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 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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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


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

Case Studies

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

Customize Your Mission

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

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.

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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Benison: The Practice of Ethical Leadership

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Practicing Humility to Turn Back Hate

We, as individuals, require humility, kindness, and action to achieve any semblance of solidarity with those facing hate.

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Robinhood: Legend or Fairy Tale? It’s Important That we can Tell the Difference

Businesses that serve consumers and other businesses simultaneously often involve conflicted interests, and require regulation to reconcile these conflicts.

The Consequences of Unethical Leadership … and Followership

The consequences of Trump’s rhetoric and his followers’ actions manifested themselves in the nation’s capital on January 6, 2021.

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5 Traits of Organizations that use Tech Responsibly

As new technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI), quantum computing and blockchain become mainstream, and their practical uses more pervasive, myriad new business opportunities will be created.

    Media Commentary

    President Joe Biden discusses Coronavirus relief package
    “Conflict of interest”? ABC Suddenly Confirms Biden Exposé on Family Corruption Involving Son-In-Law

    Ann Skeet, senior director, leadership ethics, quoted by Law Enforcement Today.

    President Joe Biden discusses Coronavirus relief package
    As Biden’s Son-in-law Invests in COVID-19 Response, Questions of Family and Ethics Could Resurface

    Ann Skeet, senior director of leadership ethics, quoted by ABC News.

    Robinhood Under Fire After Flip-Flopping on GameStop Shares: What Role did Tech Play?

    Ann Skeet, senior director of leadership ethics, quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle.

      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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