Ethical Leadership and the Decision Making Process

Key Information

Programme Type



6-week Online Delivery


5 Master's Credits

Next Start Date

New Dates TBC

Course Overview

The University of Lincoln has launched a new online course giving learners the opportunity to discover more about ethical theories and their relationship to leadership at both an individual and organisational level.

This 6-week programme aims to help learners gain a better understanding of decision-making processes and the ethical implications that can result from leadership decisions, increasing their awareness of their own ethical leadership perspective.

During the course, learners will explore the main theories and concepts of ethical leadership, practise self-reflection to increase awareness of their own perspective, and brainstorm learning opportunities in decision-making processes and their ethical implications. They will also be asked to reflect on how the knowledge gained can be applied to their professional and organisational context.

The course is designed for supervisors, managers, and team leaders who are looking to sharpen their decision-making and ethical leadership capabilities and who are looking develop the skills needed for strategic leadership and transformational roles in their organisations.

After successfully completing the programme, participants will receive five Master's-level credits.

How You Study

Participants will work in a virtual learning environment, engaging with independent study materials, such as videos and readings, and have opportunities to test their understanding through quizzes.

Content for the programme includes:

- Critical action learning
- Morality and ethics in relation to leadership
- Ethical leadership development
- Ethical leadership and decision-making

How you are assessed

Assessment for this course is a critical analysis with an action plan of 1,000 words. Students are asked to critically analyse approaches used in the decision-making process, appraise their own capacity for effective decision-making, and present an action plan for future professional development.

Entry Requirements

This course is aimed at military and civil service personnel from the Royal Navy, The British Army, and Royal Air Force who are supervisors and/or managers looking to strengthen their leadership capabilities. We may need to check with employers to confirm employment status.

How to Apply

To register your interest in future intakes for this course, please contact us at

This course can be combined with other five-credit Master’s level short courses Managing Self and Others and Culture and High Performing Teams to build a total of 15 credits.

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