About the course
Organizations and their members have social contracts with customers, clients, and the public to provide products and services in a safe and ethical manner. In addition, the practice of engineering is required by law and professional codes of conduct to meet high standards. We have experienced many examples of the serious consequences of failing to meet such standards, but such consequences often come to light only after a dramatic event. What does it mean to proactively meet these ethical standards? How can we navigate the conflicting tensions in organizational life in a way that ensures good ethical outcomes?
This course takes a unique perspective on the study and practice of ethics, one that incorporates leadership, systemic, and engineering considerations in an organizational design framework. While it is important and necessary to address individual actions (e.g. whistleblowing), high ethical standards can be achieved more reliably when we promote collective systemic actions that deliver these standards. Engineers are uniquely qualified to apply systems thinking and lead ethical decision making and behaviors in their organizations. This course provides the methodology and tools for participants to do so.
This Ethical Leadership course provides participants an opportunity to practice, to discover new approaches, and to see the results of applying their new skills.
By the end of the course, participants will leave with the following new knowledge and skills.
- Appreciate and view systemic dimensions and considerations of ethical behavior.
- Identify and recognize the situations that allow ethically weak decisions and behavior to take root.
- Understand organizational culture and ways to improve it.
- Learn and apply group and organizational tools for ensuring good ethical outcomes.
- Principles for effective leadership behaviors to promote ethical standards.
Because of COVID-19, many providers are cancelling or postponing in-person programs or providing online participation options.
We are happy to help you find a suitable online alternative.