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Leading Strong Ethical Climates


Flexible Access

Choose your preferred way of learning in a 1 Day Course or Self-Paced online.

Blended Learning

A blend of course material, personalised mentoring and on-the-job exercises.

1 Month Support Guarantee

Receive 1 months of Q&A support from your after complete your workshop.

Ethical Leadership Toolkit

Receive a guidebook with checklists and templates to use immediately.


Live Virtual Classes

Attend In-Person

Access Recordings

Here’s what our students receive…


What the Ethical Leadership program unique?

The Ethical Leadership program was designed by Ilsé Strauss, a student researcher of destructive leadership with a speciality in organisational ethics at Murdoch University. Combined with her extensive consulting experience in management values congruency, Ilsé has designed your program to give you practical tools to establish a strong ethical climate. This program draws upon Australasian research and applications for the latest strategies in ethical leadership.

Contact Ilsé to enquire about the Ethical Leadership program at ilse@purposesync.com

Become an Ethical Leadership Coach

Leverage your existing skills and gain a professional coach qualification to help business owners and executives to overcome conflicts and achieve their goals.

  • International Coaching Federation accreditation pathway available
  • Virtual coach training for busy or geographically distant coaches
  • Complete business and leadership coach toolkit
  • Industry aligned coach training curriculum
  • Align with authentic and ethical business principles and practices
  • Remote Access – available 24/7 for your convenience
  • Personalised consults with your mentor throughout your course
  • Flexible payment options to suit your needs
  • Local, national and global networking opportunities

Online Course


The Ethical Leadership online course is designed for executives and practitioners who are responsible for developing business and leadership ethics outcomes. The course brings attention to outcomes such as ethical leadership as a discipline, creating a positive speak up culture and barriers to business ethics. This course was developed in response to the global need for business and leadership ethics training for executives. The rise in business and leadership ethics research has produced empirical evidence that offers new ways at looking at business ethics and ethical behaviours. These strategies have been translated into a learning and development program for  executives, emerging leaders and practitioners.


Module 1 – Ethical philosophical frameworks
Gain an understanding about the ethical philosophical frameworks, develop awareness about ethical values, attitudes and beliefs​ and explore the social-constructs and challenges of ethical leadership/​

Module 2 – Ethical leadership
Identify the ecosystem of ethical leadership and relevant theory and frameworks, and develop a richer understanding about the various barriers to ethical leadership skills and capabilities.

Module 3 – Fostering a speak-up culture
Learn how to recognise the employee voice cliches and idioms, receive an introduction to different forms of voice behaviour and learn about the ethical cultural roots and the roles and responsibilities of management.

Module 4 – Understanding voice behaviour
Gain a broad understanding of employee voice behaviour, learn about the motivations for speaking up or staying silent, discover the different forms of voice behaviour and the affective internal and external factors.


Module 5 – Factors affecting voice
Develop and understanding of the individual factors affecting voice behaviour, leadership issues regarding speaking up and moral mutism, macro context factors in acts of voice, and the nature of morally mute infrastructures.

Module 6 – Ethical climate and voice
Learn about ethical climate perspectives and characteristics, explore Victor and Cullen’s (1988) Ethical Climate assessment and identify the nature of morally mute climates.

Module 7 – Moral disengagement and voice
Learn about individual moral agency, explore Albert Bandura’s moral disengagement theory, identify types of unethical leadership practices and learn about ethically distortive communication.

Module 8 – Moral values and voice
Gain introductory knowledge of Schwartz’s Values framework, understand the motivational nature of values, learn about the negative consequences of self-interested values, and develop an awareness about cognitively re-ordering values.


Module 9 – Professional trust in ethical leaders
Develop an awareness of various leadership constructs, understand a leader’s professional ethics responsibilities, learn about the ‘dysfunctional dozen’ and the nature of professional trust.

Module 10 – Shared values and voice
Understand the leader as the values signaller, learn about the ethics of values signalling and identify the dark-sides of organisational identification and the nature and challenges associated with shared values.

Module 11 – Ethical communication
Learn about the importance of two-way communication, identify the ‘red-flags’ in organisational communication and develop new skills in applying mental models such as inquiry-advocacy for improving ethical communication.

Module 12 – Ethical cultural change
Understand the role of the leader as an ethical cultural change agent, develop an awareness about the stages of ethical decision-making, and learn about the leader’s role in ethical change management.


Enrol today in your Ethical Leadership Program


The 4 units in the Ethical Leadership program is comprised of 16 learning outcomes that enables you to integrate values congruent ethical leadership strategies within your department, portfolio or company

The Role of Ethical Leadership

  • Understand the role of ethics in leadership
  • Ethical responsibilities, sensitivity and awareness
  • Leadership integrity in organisational ethics
  • Identify common ethical blindspots in the workplace

The Ethics of Stakeholder Management

  • Engaging stakeholders in ethical processes and behaviours
  • Identifying stakeholder interests and values
  • Pursuing transparency and fair dealing in relations
  • Managing ethical accountabilities across stakeholder groups

Developing Strong Ethical Climates

  • Identify the various types of ethical climates
  • Discover why some individuals & companies behave unethically
  • Foster strong and positive ethical workplace
  • Responsible and safe forums for ethical dialogue

Leading Values Congruence

  • Establish values strong company ethics statement
  • Markers of mishaps of codes of conduct
  • Understand how unconscious bias affects values alignment
  • Incorporate values accountability in the workplace

Course Features

  • The role of ethical leadership 
  • The ethics of stakeholder relations
  • Developing strong ethical climates
  • Leading values congruence
  • This course is a 1 day course for attendees of Live or Face to Face sessions.
  • Self-paced learners are provided lessons over a 2 week period.
  • All learners have access to Q&A support for 1 month at no additional charge
  • You can complete this course via one of three ways:

    1. Option 1 –  1 Day face to face learning environment
    2. Option 2 – 1 Day live virtual classes to complete your course
    3. Option 3 – Self-paced learning with online access to course recordings
  • The following program materials will be provided for you:

    1. 4 Units delivered as classes either Live, Virtually or Recordings in your Ethical Leadership program
    2. Course Guidebook that provides you with important checklists and templates you need for your program.
    3. Unit Diagnostics that assesses a variety of aspects such as ethical leadership psychology, values behavioural change and more
  • Program Mentoring You can book a call with your course mentor at any stage in before or after your course, to improve your experience with assessments, workplace activities and goal achievement.
  • Contact Us Contact us via email for 24hr turnaround advice and answers

The Ethical Leadership program is a non-accredited course and therefore you do not need to sit any exams nor do you have mandatory work submissions.

There is a range of broader implications and opportunities for you upon completing this course. For instance:

  • Implement ethical leadership pillars in local, national and international divisions
  • Include ethics into internal training and development programs
  • Create a positive ethical organisational climate
  • Incorporate ethics principles into your business and leadership coaching or consulting practice

As a result of completing this program, you will increase your ethical leadership skills and capabilities pertaining as needed in these following roles:

  • CEO
  • Executive
  • Board Director
  • NFP Leader
  • Organizational Consultants
  • Executive Coaching & Mentoring
  • Educators and Trainers

You can pay either in full or in 2 instalments. Please speak with us about your preferred option.

The Ethical Leadership program is developed for adult learning, and uses experiential and blended learning as our preferred delivery methodology.

At the end of each unit you will develop an Action Plan based on the unit outcomes. This means that you can immediately take action and benefit from the course. 

This program is based on a selection of managerial and theoretical frameworks including, but not limited to behavioural ethics, constructive leadership and distributed management practices, plus more.


The Ethical Leadership program is suitable for leaders who are accountable for the ethical conduct within their organisation or department.


This includes start-up, small and medium business managers who have legislative and industry responsibilities to incorporate ethics into their daily business operations.


This course is suitable for team leaders in NGO’s or Corporations who are establishing an ethical leadership career and require foundational understanding of principles and tenets.


Responsible educators and consultants will benefit from the learning objectives of this course for their own personal development.


Unethical business practices are a costly endeavour within the Australian economy to the tune of $300B p/a. Everyday leaders are faced with ethical dilemmas and tough decisions. Whether it’s to promote any means to the ends behaviour, cover up misdeeds or to silence ethical concerns. These decisions positively or negatively affect the ethical climate, business outcomes, individual wellbeing, and company reputation. This course provides an introduction to core principles, strategies and practices to establish effective ethical leadership.