Does ethical leadership really matter?


... and practices you can use to set and deliver your organisation’s ethical goals.

In 2019 The Institute of Business Ethics (IBE) asked 'How ethically do you think British business behaves?' 33% of respondents said either 'not very' or 'not at all'. In April 2019 the CIPD produced a report 'Rotten apples, bad barrels and sticky situations: unethical workplace behaviour' which included recommendations to build a more ethical workplace. They concluded “There is no silver bullet for compliance and ethical behaviour…

However, there is strong evidence that certain factors, such as social influence, leadership style, the workplace environment, and individual differences, interact to increase the likelihood of unethical behaviour. Employers can take effective action on ethics. The HR function has a leading role to play in this.” But it’s a huge challenge and one that is increasingly in the spotlight following the pandemic.

We know from our CIPD OD sessions last year that individual and organisational values have shifted. It is not unusual for OD professionals to find themselves in positions where the organisation’s expectations are in conflict with their professional beliefs (28%).

The CIPD, in its drive for professionalism, asks HR practitioners to 'See beyond rules to do what’s right by following three key principles: work matters, people matter, professionalism matters'. The desire to be principles led requires HR to be “an ethical steward”. How can you do this in a practical and professional way that enhances your personal reputation, your team’s effectiveness, and your organisation’s performance?

As a result of attending you will :

  • Have reflected on the complex nature of ethical and unethical behaviour and how this shows up in leadership in organisations
  • Have reflected on the ethical climate within your own organisation and some of the organisational practices that shape it
  • Be clearer about what you feel are the risk factors in your organisation
  • Better understand the role of codes of conduct
  • Have explored ethical manifestos

Caroline Wynn and Nicola Jackson join us for this important session.

Caroline Wynn

Caroline is an experienced coach and facilitator and an expert in leadership behaviour. She is passionate about helping leaders and their teams to do well by doing good. She is a creative thinker with an ability to challenge established patterns of behaviour in a constructive way.

Warm and empathetic, she is quickly able to build rapport and support individuals and teams to achieve their potential. Caroline has a proven track record of sensitively handling complex behavioural issues to deliver improved results.

She has experience across the private, public and not for profit sectors, with organisations such as The British Council, Arriva, P&O, The International Baccalaureate, AXA, DAS and TLT. She has a degree in politics, an MBA, is a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) and is an Associate Member of the CIPD. She is qualified to use a range of psychometric tools. She is currently undertaking a Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) at the University of the West of England (UWE) exploring the practice of ethical leadership.


Nicola Jackson

Nicola is an organisational development specialist and Coach, with over 20 years of experience in supporting change and growth within charities and public bodies including the British Council and the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

She believes that ethical leadership will become increasingly important and relevant over the coming decade, as the next generation of employees bring with them new expectations of what the organisations they work for should stand for, and how they should operate.

Nicola is a strong advocate of diversity and inclusion and has worked with organisations to explore how workplace practice and policy implementation can get in the way of intended good practice.

She brings a combination of deep HR and OD expertise and an understanding of the mechanics and realities of business delivery and operations. She is an accredited Saville Assessment and EQi Practitioner and recently qualified as a professional Mediator.


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