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Graduate Certificate: Ethical Leadership in Organizations

A 12 credit certificate emphasizing a “train the trainer” approach.

Ethical Leadership in Organizations is designed for people who want to learn how to lead effective, ethical change within their organizations.  Participants will acquire practical knowledge of servant leadership and ethical decision-making. They will also learn specific leadership strategies, based upon a proven training program that will establish long-lasting and significant transformation of the workplace culture.  The interdisciplinary nature of the program allows participants to tailor the program to their particular professional needs.

Target Audience: Leaders from education, health care, business, industry, and public and private sector organizations who are looking to transform their organizations using a proven model as a guide. Participants must complete four courses (two required and two elective) for a minimum of 10 credits.

Required Courses

Offered in the summer only

ETHL 531 – Interpersonal and Organizational Excellence I
3 Credits
Tom Thibodeau, Director, Master of Arts in Servant Leadership
Rick Kyte, Director, Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership
2014 dates TBA
8 a.m.–5 p.m. on the Viterbo University campus

ETHL 532 – Interpersonal and Organizational Excellence II
3 Credits
2014 dates TBA
8 a.m.–5 p.m. on the Viterbo University campus

Because we are all tired of using fads which do not improve and sustain results, these courses are based on a proven model used in health care and public education that improved outcomes beyond expectations over time. These courses provide a “How-to-train-the-trainer” approach while allowing participants to experience portions of the actual program. Course design would assist participants to address improving staff morale, increasing trust and respect, building staff up, utilizing staff development dollars more effectively, encouraging leadership behaviors, developing core competencies for all staff , improving performance measures, promoting service before self, and much more. The courses promote the notion that leadership development is an ongoing process…a life long journey.

Elective Courses

Offered at various times throughout the year. Participant takes two.

  • SVLD 601 – Servant Leadership
  • SVLD 603 – The Art of Leadership
  • SVLD 604 – The Common Good
  • SVLD 650 – Building Community
  • SVLD 653 – Ritual and Celebration
  • SVLD 657 – Prophetic Leadership
  • MGMT 512 – Authentic Leadership
  • MGMT 524 – Leading the Organization
  • MGMT 530 – Business Ethics in Practice
  • EDUC 608 – Art of Leadership
  • EDUC 722 – Principalship I
  • Nursing 710 – Ethical and Theoretical Thinking
  • Nursing 730 – Organizational Leadership and Health Policy

Certain required and elective credits may be applied Viterbo’s graduate programs in business, servant leadership, nursing, and education

Students who have already taken two or more of the above listed courses may earn the Certificate by taking only Interpersonal and Organizational Excellence I & II. 

Program Contact

Maureen Cooney
MASL/ETHICS Administrative Assistant
1-888-VITERBO or 608-796-3082

Rick Kyte
Director, Institute for Ethics in Leadership
1-888-VITERBO or 608-796-3704

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