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Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

Leadership Ethics Resources

The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics offers articles and cases on leadership ethics, both in the professional and private spheres. Resources include material on leadership in business, government, education, nonprofits, and other sectors.

What is Leadership Ethics?
This introduction addresses the ethical responsibilities of individuals serving organizations formally as operational or governing leaders and also of people demonstrating leadership in everyday life.

Leadership Ethics Articles
From executives in the C-suite to the private individual, everyone who has leadership responsibilities will find useful articles covering topics from mindful management to the role of the board in the ethical culture of an organization.

Leadership Ethics Cases
How should a business leader handle downsizing? Is the CEO always responsible for the actions of subordinates? These and other ethical dilemmas are illustrated by case studies on leadership ethics.

Benison: The Practice of Ethical Leadership
Commentary by Ann Skeet, director of leadership ethics.

Leadership Ethics Links
The Internet offers a wealth of of information on leadership. This curated set of articles and sites provides guidance on how leaders can create a culture of ethics in their organizations.

Leadership Ethics Programs 
Leadership ethics crosses all of the Center's focus areas from business to education to nonprofits. Center programs target leaders as key to setting the tone for an ethical organization and by extension to more ethical behavior across many sectors.