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Ethical Leadership

Ethical leaders stand up for what they believe. They see a problem and commit themselves to fixing it. Of course, this is what all leaders do. When challenged, you stand up and do what's right. You have the knowledge, confidence, and experience to articulate, defend and act on your beliefs.

What makes leadership ethical?

Rock Leadership IconEthical leaders are:
      • Ethically aware—They are able to determine which aspect of a situation involves ethical issues and to identify the underlying values.
      • Ethically sensitive—They are aware of the ethical implications of the situation and respect the rights of all individuals to participate fully in the Penn State community.
      • Principled—They actively seek answers to fundamental questions of right and wrong and try to put those answers into practice every day.
      • Ethically creative—They use moral imagination to formulate ethical solutions to the problems they face.
      • Virtuous—They exhibit positive character traits including honesty, integrity, and caring.
      • Altruistic—They seek to improve their community, acting out of altruistic concern for others and not out of self-interest.
      • Courageous—They work hard to overcome any adversity—be it hostility or apathy—they face in their efforts to bring about positive change.
      • Committed to ethical education—They attempt to educate others about the ethical import of situations.
      • Effective—They bring about positive change at Penn State or in the community.


The Rock Ethics Institute is also a member of the Center for the Study of Leadership and Ethics in Education (CSLEE) a University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) Program Center. The Center is devoted to the support, promotion and dissemination of theory and research on values and leadership. The Center for the Study of Leadership and Ethics in Education is a collaboration between the Rock Ethics Institute and seven other Centers.