Marquette University Masters in Leadership Studies

Civic Engagement ~ Ethical Leadership ~ Social Responsibility

Leadership & Ethics

Histories and Theories of Leadership and Ethics

Course Description

Presents analysis of historical concepts regarding leadership with a special focus on leadership ethics.  Studies developmental processes related to ethical leadership behavior.  Introduces quantitative and qualitative research methodologies appropriate for leadership issues.

Student Learning Outcomes

The purpose of this course is to analyze past and present leadership moments where leadership has been successfully or unsuccessfully demonstrated in the context of leadership theory, leadership behavior, leadership ethics and leadership outcomes. The broad objective of the course is to assist you to recognize and to better understand from a historical and contemporary perspective how leadership behavior influenced the outcome of a particular historical leadership moment as well as influenced contemporary leadership moments. More specific objectives include the following. Students will:

  • Evaluate specific leadership theories that have evolved throughout history to determine whether they meet the commonly recognized components of effective theory.
  • Apply leadership theory to contemporary real world situations.
  • Recognize an ethical dilemma and apply ethical frameworks to aid in making decisions that are most aligned with core values and organizational culture.
  • Distinguish between various leadership styles and their situational effectiveness.
  • Begin to develop a definition of ethical leadership that encompasses social responsibility and civic engagement.

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