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Ethical and Values-Based Leadership

Executive Education | Open Enrollment

Course Date
1-day program


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Exemplary leadership involves building teams and organizations that have a clear vision and strategy for the future, are infused with a sense of purpose and motivation to pursue that vision and are operating under a strong set of values and virtues that guide proper action. This requires transformational leaders – leaders who influence others through role modelling, inspiration, intellectual engagement, and the creation of individual connections.  A core tenet of transformational leadership is values-based leadership – infusing values in teams, that once embraced, align aspirations and actions toward common purpose, while simultaneously illuminating what constitutes unacceptable behavior.

In executing strategy, organizations often face ethical tensions between the conflicting obligations they hold to numerous stakeholders.  Different organizational values may also conflict with one another in a given situation. Platitudes such as “do the right thing” or “live by our values” have reduced use, as such dilemmas are not between right vs. wrong, but between right vs. right. This requires that leaders have the capacity to assess highly complex ethical issues using robust decision-making techniques, be able to apply multiple values and virtues to ambiguous situations, and gain consensus around their decisions.

To enhance participants abilities to enact such exemplary leadership, this session will provide concepts, frameworks, and tools concerning ethical and values-based leadership, transformational and transactional leadership, ethical decision-making processes, and tools to diagnose and build ethical cultures.

Certificate in Leadership

Ethical and Values-Based Leadership is one of seven open enrollment leadership programs. Programs are presented on a rotating basis throughout the year with completion of four programs resulting in a Certificate in Leadership from Wake Forest Executive Education and the School of Business’ Allegacy Center for Leadership and Character. Interested participants are able to register for this program individually or combine it with 3 other programs in the series to earn the certificate.


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Key Learnings

Current and emerging leaders will learn to lead through values and get results with integrity, practice a robust ethical decision-making framework, understand moral courage, confidence, and ownership, learn to build and reinforce ethical cultures and climates, and align organizational systems to promote virtuous behavior.

Who Should Attend?

This program is designed for experienced leaders wishing to enhance their ability to build an ethical culture and bolster their organization’s character through the use of concepts, frameworks, and tools concerning ethical and values-based leadership.  Interested participants are encouraged to attend individually or in teams from their organizations.

Additional Information

  • Date, Location, Schedule

    Date: TBD

    Location: TBD

    Sample Schedule: 8:30am- 4:00pm

    • 8:00– 8:20 Continental Breakfast
    • 8:20 – 8:30 Introductions and program overview
    • 8:30 – 10:15 Session 1 – Key Behaviors of Ethical and Values-Based Leadership; and Building Trust and Credibility
    • 10:15 – 10:30 Break
    • 10:30 – 12:00 Session 2 – Using Transactional and Transformational Leadership Styles to Influence Others
    • 12:00 – 12:45 Lunch
    • 12:45 – 2:15 Session 3 – Ethical Decision Making Frameworks and Tools
    • 2:15 – 2:30 Break
    • 2:30 – 4:00 Session 4 – Building and Reinforcing Ethical Cultures and Climates
    • 4:00 – 4:15 Review and group discussion

  • Cost

    The cost of the program is TBD and includes materials, continental breakfast and lunch, and is due in full at time of registration.

    Wake Forest University alumni, faculty, and staff receive a 25% tuition discount. If multiple participants are interested in attending from your organization, please contact us for multi-attendee discount information. Please contact for more details.

  • Materials

    Course materials are included in the cost of tuition. Course materials will be distributed in paper format at the beginning of the workshop. Electronic materials can be provided upon request.

  • Refund and Cancellation Policies

    Program Cancellation

    This course is offered contingent upon sufficient enrollment. If a course must be cancelled, all registered participants will be notified at least five (5) calendar days before the course’s start date. All registered participants will receive a 100% tuition refund. No fees will be charged for cancelled courses.


    Individual Cancellation – Refund Policy

    Prospective participants who withdraw at least 10 days prior to the start of a course will receive a full refund of tuition paid.

  • Contact Us

    For more information, or to speak with a program adviser, please send an email to