Responsible Leadership

About this course

Leading with responsibility and integrity emerges as one of the central topics of contemporary societal and economic debate. How can people provide leadership in the professional world and in the world at large that responds to the public expectations and ethical principles of transparency, accountability and respect of diversity? This course aims to develop critical thinking about the theory and practice of responsible leadership. It will examine different theories, and will focus on dialogical leadership, which enables transparent and effective deliberation. The thinking about leadership can apply to all sectors, though much of the leadership theory discussed emerges from business studies.

  • Critically evaluate leadership theories, to apply theories on leadership in different contextual situations
  • Identify challenges with regard to leadership in practice, and investigate responsibility as guiding ethical principle for leadership
  • Create an ethical framework of understanding leadership related to business, societal and cultural environments
  • Draw upon learning contents from across the course to create meaningful and values-based statements on leadership within their own professional contexts

Unit 1 Leadership
Unit 2 Ethical Leadership Theories
Unit 3 Three Modes of Responsible Leadership
Unit 4 Agency
Unit 5 Accountability and shared creation
Unit 6 Irresponsible Leadership
Unit 7 Leadership and difference: dialogue, democracy, governance and ethics
Unit 8 Integrity and the moral psychology of leadership
Unit 9 Cross cultural issues and leadership 1
Unit 10 Cross cultural issues and leadership 2
Unit 11 Leadership in literature and the arts
Unit 12 Leadership and peace-building
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Participants whose first language is not English are recommended to have a minimum English language-proficiency of B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The self-assessment grid under this link provides potential participants with an overview in case of unfamiliarity with this framework.

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Duration8 weeks
Starting date2022
Get certification for 300 USD
Workload40 hours (8 online modules)
Subjects Buisiness
Language English
Study Method Distance learning

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