D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership

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 12 credits.

Required Courses

Offered in the summer only.
Start date is July 1, end date is Aug. 14. Campus housing is available.

ETHL 531 – Interpersonal and Organizational Excellence I
3 Credits
Instructor: Richard Kyte, Ph.D, director, Master of Arts in Servant Leadership
Course meeting dates: July 11, 12, 13, 14, 2016
8 a.m.– 5 p.m. on the Viterbo University campus

ETHL 532 – Interpersonal and Organizational Excellence II
3 Credits
Instructor: Tom Thibodeau, director, Master of Arts in Servant Leadership
Course meeting dates: July 25, 26, 27, 28, 2016
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.

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