LEAD 330
Ethics, Scandals & Leadership Fall 2018
Division II
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Unfortunately, ethical scandals are and always have been a regular occurrence in all walks of life throughout the world. Oftentimes a scandal results simply from the actions of an isolated individual, be it a corrupt politician, businessman, coach, or any other individual who is in a position to benefit from an unethical action. Perhaps even more troublingly, sometimes all or parts of an organization can become mired in a scandal that requires the witting or unwitting complicity of not only corrupt individuals, but also many others who are regarded by their friends and families–and who consider themselves–ethical people. Occasionally, a scandal even involves cooperation among a number of organizations, as in the case of the tobacco industry’s concerted denial of the dangers of smoking for decades, thereby expanding the number of otherwise ethical individuals complicit in the unethical action. The focus of this course is twofold. The first objective is to understand the role of leadership at all levels in causing or failing to prevent such scandals. The second is to explore how organizations can best protect themselves from unethical and/or ineffective leaders, and how ethical leaders can best discourage unethical behavior within their organizations.
The Class: Format: seminar for the first half of the course, tutorial for the second-half
Limit: 12
Expected: 12
Class#: 1460
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: active class participation, several papers of varying lengths, and optional final presentation
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: not open to first-year students
Enrollment Preferences: Leadership Studies concentrators and those who have taken LEAD125/PSCI 125 and/or LEAD 295
Distributions: Division II
Attributes: LEAD Ethical Issues of Leadership

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