D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership

Graduate Certificate: Ethical Leadership in Organizations

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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 12 credits.

Required Courses

Offered in the summer only.
Campus housing is available.

ETHL 531 – Interpersonal and Organizational Excellence I
3 Credits
Instructors: Richard Kyte and Nicole Van Ert
Start Date: July 3, 2017 End Date: August 16, 2017
Course meeting dates: July 10, 11, 12, 13, 2017
Time: 8 a.m.– 5 p.m. on the Viterbo University campus

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. Participants 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.

ETHL 532 – Interpersonal and Organizational Excellence II
3 Credits
Instructor: Tom Thibodeau
Start Date: July 3, 2017 End Date: August 18, 2017
Course meeting dates: July 24, 25, 26, 27, 2016
Time: 8 a.m.– 5 p.m. on the Viterbo University campus

Ethical leadership in organizations is designed for people who want to learn how to lead effective, ethical change within their organizations. Participants will expand their practical knowledge of servant leadership and ethical decision-making from ETHL 531. Participants will also learn reflection and renewal as effective leadership tools, conflict resolution techniques, the importance of community, mentor leadership stories from local leaders, and more. The interdisciplinary nature of the program allows participants to tailor the program to their personal, professional, and needs.

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.

*NEW SPECIAL TOPICS COURSE
SVLD 546 Teaching, Leading, Serving, Tom Thibodeau, Seminar
START DATE  June 5, 2017 - END DATE: July 9, 2017, 3 cr. Elective course
Meeting Dates: June 12, 13, 14, 15, Time: Noon to 8:00 pm daily

Every servant leader is a teacher and every teacher is a servant leader. This course will be both theoretical and practical. This is an exploration and experience of servant leadership as a skill which can be taught and learned in a variety of settings. Foundations will be built, curriculum will be developed, presented, and practiced. Every organization needs to be teaching leadership and service. The mere act of teaching means that one wishes the world well.

**NEW SPECIAL TOPICS COURSE
SVLD 546 Wisdom and Leadership, Rick Kyte, Seminar,
START DATE  June 9, 2017  END DATE: July 13, 2017, 3 cr. Elective course
Meeting Dates: June 16-17, June 23-24 Time: Fridays: 5:30 to 10 pm, Saturdays 8:00 am to - 5:00 pm
The chief difference between Servant Leadership and most other contemporary leadership theories comes from Robert Greenleaf’s insight that, in addition to a sincere desire to serve, a robust understanding of people and the world is more important for developing leadership potential than any particular set of skills, techniques, or capacities.  But how does one develop such an understanding?  Greenleaf himself was aided by reading certain texts in the humanities - “great books”- which set forth fundamental ideas about human nature.  This course will thus focus on a few great thinkers and their key ideas, including Plato on the idea of goodness, Augustine on the idea of love, Freud on the idea of the self, and Emerson on the idea of experience, and explore the practical relevance of those ideas in our world today. 

Certain required and elective credits may be applied to 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 and II. 

Program Contact

Maureen Cooney
MASL/ETHICS Administrative Assistant
1-888-VITERBO or 608-796-3082
mjcooney@viterbo.edu