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Sample Proposal: Ethics and Leadership

McCombs School of Business

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MAN 337: Leadership Issues

Department of Management

Please describe specifically how students will learn about what is involved in making real-life ethical choices.

Students confront ethical issues in this leadership class from both academic and experiential angles. Each chapter of the text discusses ethics and each assignment requires the student to address some aspect of ethical decision-making or action. In addition, numerous in-class exercises explore establishing and prioritizing values as well as recognizing ethical issues. There are also four to six guest speakers each semester who deal with practical ethics by sharing their experiences and challenges.

What are typical readings or other materials in the course or class related to Ethics and Leadership?

  • Text: Hughes, Ginnett, Curphy, Leadership: Enhancing the Lessons of Experience.
  • Readings: Engardio “Karma Capitalism” Business Week 10/30/2006 p. 84; Korver “Ethical Leaders” Leadership Excellence, Jul 2008, p. 15; Lencioni “Five Temptations” Leadership Excellence, Aug 2008, p. 6; George “Why Leaders Lose Their Way” Leadership Excellence, Aug 2008, p. 3; “Leading Others Effectively by First Leading Oneself” Supervision, May 2008, p. 20.

Describe typical assignments related to Ethics and Leadership.

  • Assignments: Journal Entries; Leadership Development Plan Memo; Leadership Development Report; Case Study (team project)
  • In-class exercises: Values Prioritization; Mt. Everest Leadership simulation (reflection paper)
    Exams: Practical ethics questions are included on each exam

Please explain how at least one-third of the course grade is based on content related to Ethics and Leadership.

  • Participation grade reflects in-class exercises (5% of grade from ethics)
  • Assignments: journal entries (5% from ethics); leadership development plan memo and leadership development report (5% from ethics)
  • Case study report and presentation (5 % from ethics)
  • Exams (10% from ethics)

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