Ethical Leadership

Featuring James Comey '82 and Professor Drew Stelljes, Assistant Vice President for Student Engagement & Leadership

  • Ethical Leadership Interest Form - be first in line for available seats!
    • The class is currently FULL
  • Syllabus
  • PUBP 390
  • In-person class dates: July 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
  • In-person class times: 5:30pm-8:30pm
  • DC Alumni networking reception: July 11 - 6:30pm-8:00pm
  • Washington Post Announcement

This hybrid course will be taught both online and face-to-face through the W&M Washington Center. Ethical leadership is centered on values, like truth, integrity, fairness, transparency, and decency. It is also a kind of leadership that takes the long view, emphasizing both individual and institutional values. Good leaders crave truth and try to create cultures in which people will tell them the truth. The best leaders are confident enough to be humble, attract talent because they care deeply about their people, and care more about lasting values and institutions than they do about themselves or winning the dispute of the moment. Ethical leaders lead by seeing above the short term, above the urgent or the partisan, and with a higher loyalty to lasting values, most importantly the truth. Building and maintaining that kind of leadership, in both the private sector and government, is the challenge of our time. This course is not just for leaders or those who aspire to lead. Whether we are in positions of authority or not, we should care about ethical leadership because, as voters, stockholders, and employees, we play a vital role in choosing our leaders. And who we choose makes a big difference in our lives. This class is intended to challenge students to think critically about leaders, sources of authority for decision-making, and the challenges and opportunities involved in shaping human cultures and motivating people. In-person class dates: July 8, 9, 10, 11, 12; In-person class times: 5:30pm-8:30pm.