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Values-Based Leadership

Published: January 2024


Today’s dynamic business landscape places an increasing importance on ethical leadership. As work paradigms evolve, leaders face a growing array of ethical challenges that require a shift in the role of business in society and ethics in business.

This online program takes an in-depth look at ethical leadership and addresses the urgent call for greater workplace accountability. Led by Professor Daylian Cain, an authority in judgment, decision-making, and behavioral business ethics, this program will empower you to define your values and integrate them into your role. Over six weeks, you’ll build your understanding of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and its pros and cons before learning how to use CSR initiatives to enhance your decision-making for the modern business environment. Throughout the program, you’ll examine the various forms of ethical leadership and learn how to navigate intricate ethical challenges, overcome conflicts of interest, eliminate biases in hiring practices, and detect and address corruption within your organization. 

Course Takeaways

  • Apply ethical frameworks to drive informed business decisions that make a positive impact in your organization.
  • Develop an in-depth understanding of CSR that will allow you to drive positive, cost-effective outcomes.
  • Become an ethical leader with the ability to navigate complexity by aligning your personal values with your business context.
Available two times annually


Cohort-based Asynchronous Online Program

6 weeks, 6–8 hours per week
Non-Credit Certificate

Meet the Instructors

faculty profile image Dr. Cain's research focuses on "judgment and decision-making" and "behavioral business ethics." In other words, he studies the reasons why smart people do dumb things. Cain is a leading expert on conflicts of interest, especially the "perverse effects of disclosing conflicts of interest," and how to turn altruism on and off. Notably, Cain’s research has been discussed in the Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, Forbes, The New Yorker, the Washington Post, BusinessWeek, USA Today, the New York Times, and other top media outlets such as NPR. Cain has won national teaching awards and has also appeared as a commentator on National Geographic’s popular TV show, Brain Games. Biography