Seven Steps for Enriching Ethics in Academic Leadership

One of the most challenging areas of leadership in the academy is to take moral action or manifest moral behavior that matches expressed rhetoric. That is, faculty and staff can easily discern when the words of a leader are dissonant with the actions that the leader takes. It is one thing for a leader to talk about “doing the right thing” or “moral courage” and quite another if he or she does not manifest behaviors perceived as consistent with these concepts. Moral courage is defined as “doing the right thing.” Used here, moral courage is a construct that is a subset of moral decision making.

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