The Ethical Leadership program provides a systematic approach to leadership and its ethical obligations.

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Ethical Leadership

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Why choose ethical leadership at North Central College?

The current political, social, and corporate climates speak to a need for ethical leaders. At North Central College, we are committed to preparing students to be curious, engaged, ethical, and purposeful citizens and leaders. Increasingly, new graduates indicate their desire to work with purpose, and employers are looking for candidates who value social responsibility. Examine and establish the values that will guide you in your academic and professional journeys with our Ethical Leadership Major. Designed to be completed in tandem with minors ranging from Political Science to Management, our Ethical Leadership curriculum will enable you to evaluate complex societal issues, evaluate responsible choices, and lead the way in creating meaningful, positive change.

You can also:

  • Join NCC LEAD during your first year. This strengths-based leadership development program has earned awards from NASPA and the Association of Leadership Educators for its innovative programming and practice. 
  • Hit the trail with our outdoor adventure leadership program, TRAIL Outfitters. Learn the fundamentals of teamwork, responsibility, attitude, integrity and leadership as you embark on our many exciting adventures.
  • Practice leadership through our community-engaged learning courses, internships, and service trips.
  • Apply for our LEV Fellows Program and receive scholarship funding to pursue an LEV Major, Minor, or Concentration (comb the catalog for courses with the LEAD prefix).
  • Get involved inside the classroom as a Preceptor and gain valuable, hands-on experience working alongside a professor in delivering a course.
  • Pursue excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service by becoming a member of our Blue Key Honor Society.

Ethical Leadership, B.A.

The field of leadership studies represents a distinct academic discipline that readily connects to other fields of inquiry. The current political, social and corporate climates speak to a need for ethical leaders. The Ethical Leadership Major provides a comprehensive overview and systematic approach to the study of leadership and its ethical obligations and implications. Students pair the Ethical Leadership Major with their choice from a selection of preset minors to integrate and apply the theory of leadership to another area of academic interest.

For additional information and courses in this program, see Leadership, Ethics and Values.

Major Requirements

Required Courses

  • LEAD 100 - Design Thinking for Social Impact

    LEAD 100 - Design Thinking for Social Impact

    4.00 credit hours

    As members of a diverse and global community, we face a variety of complex social issues. Students will learn the theory and practice of human-centered design, a creative approach to problem-solving that leads students through a process to empathize, define, ideate, prototype, and test their ideas. Through readings, case studies, hands-on activities, field experiences, and interaction with community leaders and residents, students will develop the mindset and toolkit needed to create innovative solutions for change, regardless of the discipline or field of study they pursue. Students will identify local social or environmental challenges and work collaboratively to address them through the design thinking process.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Community Engaged Learning.
    iCon(s)
    Innovating the World.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • LEAD 120 - Leaders Without Borders

    LEAD 120 - Leaders Without Borders

    4.00 credit hours

    World leaders must navigate an array of domestic and international issues on a daily basis. Their leadership qualities and styles often reflect cultural and social norms as well as their nation's political system. The underlying theme of this course is that the skills and behaviors that are perceived as effective leadership characteristics in one culture are not necessarily those that will be effective in a different culture. Students will explore the ways in which specific characteristics are valued differently by different cultures. Students will also acquire frameworks for assessing how to approach a work assignment in a culture that is not their own. Finally, students will consider the effect of globalization on leadership, and define the characteristics necessary to successfully lead in a highly diverse and complex world that challenges them to understand and respond to nationalism, terrorism, trade, human rights, environmental challenges, power and justice, and explore regional leadership issues.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Global Understanding.
    iCon(s)
    Thinking Globally.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • LEAD 200 - Social Innovation

    LEAD 200 - Social Innovation

    4.00 credit hours

    Students learn to utilize design thinking and systems thinking methodology in approaching social and environmental problems. Students will develop an innovative skillset and apply it directly to complex issues of their choosing, while building their efficacy as changemakers. Social innovation is derived from the practice of solution-oriented thinking, that seeks to create a more just, equitable, and sustainable world.

    Prerequisite(s)

    LEAD 100.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    U.S. Power Structures.
    iCon(s)
    Innovating the World.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • LEAD 220 - Leadership for Changemaking

    LEAD 220 - Leadership for Changemaking

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the scholarship of leadership theory and practice is integral to the preparation of students to be leaders and changemakers in a global community. This course walks students through the development of leadership theory while continually emphasizing its relevance and application. Students will engage with a variety of approaches as they examine case studies, research examples for theoretical application, and reflect on their own leadership style and development.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Ethical Dimensions.
    iCon(s)
    Engaging Civic Life.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • LEAD 320 - Ethical Leadership

    LEAD 320 - Ethical Leadership

    4.00 credit hours

    What connects all leaders is that they attempt to guide or inspire the conduct of others (their employees, colleagues, fellow citizens, and so on). Our study of ethical leadership will investigate both what it means to be an ethical leader at a personal level (i.e., a leader, with the right values and character, who acts properly) and collective level (i.e., a leader who inspires ethical action in others). We will analyze examples of leadership at the top (e.g., business CEOs) and from the bottom (e.g., activists and whistleblowers). The course is organized in four sections, each centered on its own theme: (1) developing a toolkit for ethical decision making; (2) understanding the sources of moral failures; (3) developing ethical leaders; and (4) investigating leadership in the face of great moral conflict. Students will end the course by developing group projects that apply course material to a specific case of successful (or failed) leadership.

    Prerequisite(s)

    LEAD 220.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • LEAD 390 - Seminar on Leadership Theory

    LEAD 390 - Seminar on Leadership Theory

    4.00 credit hours

    The goal of the seminar is to gain familiarity with the considerations involved in framing a comprehensive theory of leadership with special emphasis upon the connections between leadership, values and ethics. In independent projects students relate major theories about leadership to the study of specific leader/constituent relationships.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Junior standing.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Writing Intensive.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • LEAD 494 - Capstone: Applied Leadership

    LEAD 494 - Capstone: Applied Leadership

    4.00 credit hours

    A structured seminar reflection upon experience of leadership relations gained in an approved experiential setting. Students spend approximately 10 to 12 hours per week in their experiential setting. One two-hour class meeting per week.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

Electives

One of the following:

  • LEAD 310 - Leadership and Place

    LEAD 310 - Leadership and Place

    4.00 credit hours

    Leadership and Place traces the influence of home towns and home places on contemporary and historical leadership paradigms while considering such ethical questions as: What role does place play in forming a responsible and responsive leader? How does one lead responsibly and well far from home? How and where do rural, urban and suburban ethical standards and value judgments converge and diverge? Where have the leaders of the past come from and where are they likely to be found in the future? Paying close attention to small communities and neighborhoods as key loci in the production of twentieth-century civic leaders and as ethical centers in a Jeffersonian republic, course texts, lectures and discussions feature real-life case studies designed to engage students in debates weighing ethical and moral positions viewed through the lens of place. Leadership and Place uniquely encourages students in the study of personal (inside-out) as well as cultural (outside-in) place-based, ethical perspectives while inviting them to consider the foundational role home communities play in ethical leadership on the local, regional and national level.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Sophomore standing.

    iCon(s)
    Experiencing Place.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • LEAD 350 - Ethnic and Religious Conflict Resolution

    LEAD 350 - Ethnic and Religious Conflict Resolution

    4.00 credit hours

    Students discover the origins of and build a conceptual framework for understanding ethnic and religious conflict. The approach will be interdisciplinary and examine the central causes, consequences, and ultimately solutions for resolving ethnic and religious conflict. We will use numerous case studies to explore the key conceptual and theoretical areas and questions within the field. The reading is plentiful, but thought provoking, and should enable you to explore the dynamics of global conflict with greater rigor and precision. Come prepared for a stimulating academic experience.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Junior standing.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Global Understanding.
    iCon(s)
    Thinking Globally.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • LEAD 360 - Precepting

    LEAD 360 - Precepting

    2.00 credit hours

    Precepting is a form of leadership in the classroom. A preceptor is not a simply a teaching assistant, a peer mentor or a tutor. A preceptor is an apprentice who works alongside a professor, participating in the management and delivery of a course he or she has already taken. In this seminar, students engage with the scholarship of teaching and learning, leadership theory, and strengths-based development while reflecting on their unique precepting experience. Precepting provides high-impact, experiential learning in the world of higher education.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Junior standing and instructor consent.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Community Engaged Learning.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • LEAD 497 - Internship (Two or more credit hours)

    LEAD 497 - Internship

    0.00-12.00 credit hours

    Schedule Of Classes

  • LEAD 499 - Independent Study (Two or more credit hours)

    LEAD 499 - Independent Study

    1.00-12.00 credit hours

    Schedule Of Classes

Additional Requirements

Complete a minor in one of the following partner departments or programs:

  • Interdisciplinary Programs: Chicago Area Studies; History of Ideas
  • College of Arts & Sciences: History; Religious Studies; Philosophy; Political Science; Environmental Studies
  • School of Entrepreneurship & Business: Management

Additional Requirements for the B.A. Degree

Students must demonstrate elementary competence in a foreign language. For more information, see the B.A. Degree Requirements within the Academic Regulations section of this catalog.

Ethical Leadership Minor

Current political, social and corporate climates portend the need for ethical leaders. Students pursuing a minor in Ethical Leadership engage with leadership theory and its ethical foundations while continually examining the relevance, application and impact of leadership in today's society.

For additional information and courses in this program, see Leadership, Ethics and Values.

Minor Requirements

A minimum of 20 credit hours, including:

Required Courses

  • LEAD 120 - Leaders Without Borders

    LEAD 120 - Leaders Without Borders

    4.00 credit hours

    World leaders must navigate an array of domestic and international issues on a daily basis. Their leadership qualities and styles often reflect cultural and social norms as well as their nation's political system. The underlying theme of this course is that the skills and behaviors that are perceived as effective leadership characteristics in one culture are not necessarily those that will be effective in a different culture. Students will explore the ways in which specific characteristics are valued differently by different cultures. Students will also acquire frameworks for assessing how to approach a work assignment in a culture that is not their own. Finally, students will consider the effect of globalization on leadership, and define the characteristics necessary to successfully lead in a highly diverse and complex world that challenges them to understand and respond to nationalism, terrorism, trade, human rights, environmental challenges, power and justice, and explore regional leadership issues.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Global Understanding.
    iCon(s)
    Thinking Globally.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • LEAD 220 - Leadership for Changemaking

    LEAD 220 - Leadership for Changemaking

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the scholarship of leadership theory and practice is integral to the preparation of students to be leaders and changemakers in a global community. This course walks students through the development of leadership theory while continually emphasizing its relevance and application. Students will engage with a variety of approaches as they examine case studies, research examples for theoretical application, and reflect on their own leadership style and development.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Ethical Dimensions.
    iCon(s)
    Engaging Civic Life.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • LEAD 320 - Ethical Leadership

    LEAD 320 - Ethical Leadership

    4.00 credit hours

    What connects all leaders is that they attempt to guide or inspire the conduct of others (their employees, colleagues, fellow citizens, and so on). Our study of ethical leadership will investigate both what it means to be an ethical leader at a personal level (i.e., a leader, with the right values and character, who acts properly) and collective level (i.e., a leader who inspires ethical action in others). We will analyze examples of leadership at the top (e.g., business CEOs) and from the bottom (e.g., activists and whistleblowers). The course is organized in four sections, each centered on its own theme: (1) developing a toolkit for ethical decision making; (2) understanding the sources of moral failures; (3) developing ethical leaders; and (4) investigating leadership in the face of great moral conflict. Students will end the course by developing group projects that apply course material to a specific case of successful (or failed) leadership.

    Prerequisite(s)

    LEAD 220.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • LEAD 390 - Seminar on Leadership Theory

    LEAD 390 - Seminar on Leadership Theory

    4.00 credit hours

    The goal of the seminar is to gain familiarity with the considerations involved in framing a comprehensive theory of leadership with special emphasis upon the connections between leadership, values and ethics. In independent projects students relate major theories about leadership to the study of specific leader/constituent relationships.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Junior standing.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Writing Intensive.

    Schedule Of Classes

Elective(s)

Four credit hours from the following:

  • LEAD 310 - Leadership and Place

    LEAD 310 - Leadership and Place

    4.00 credit hours

    Leadership and Place traces the influence of home towns and home places on contemporary and historical leadership paradigms while considering such ethical questions as: What role does place play in forming a responsible and responsive leader? How does one lead responsibly and well far from home? How and where do rural, urban and suburban ethical standards and value judgments converge and diverge? Where have the leaders of the past come from and where are they likely to be found in the future? Paying close attention to small communities and neighborhoods as key loci in the production of twentieth-century civic leaders and as ethical centers in a Jeffersonian republic, course texts, lectures and discussions feature real-life case studies designed to engage students in debates weighing ethical and moral positions viewed through the lens of place. Leadership and Place uniquely encourages students in the study of personal (inside-out) as well as cultural (outside-in) place-based, ethical perspectives while inviting them to consider the foundational role home communities play in ethical leadership on the local, regional and national level.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Sophomore standing.

    iCon(s)
    Experiencing Place.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • LEAD 350 - Ethnic and Religious Conflict Resolution

    LEAD 350 - Ethnic and Religious Conflict Resolution

    4.00 credit hours

    Students discover the origins of and build a conceptual framework for understanding ethnic and religious conflict. The approach will be interdisciplinary and examine the central causes, consequences, and ultimately solutions for resolving ethnic and religious conflict. We will use numerous case studies to explore the key conceptual and theoretical areas and questions within the field. The reading is plentiful, but thought provoking, and should enable you to explore the dynamics of global conflict with greater rigor and precision. Come prepared for a stimulating academic experience.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Junior standing.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Global Understanding.
    iCon(s)
    Thinking Globally.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • LEAD 360 - Precepting

    LEAD 360 - Precepting

    2.00 credit hours

    Precepting is a form of leadership in the classroom. A preceptor is not a simply a teaching assistant, a peer mentor or a tutor. A preceptor is an apprentice who works alongside a professor, participating in the management and delivery of a course he or she has already taken. In this seminar, students engage with the scholarship of teaching and learning, leadership theory, and strengths-based development while reflecting on their unique precepting experience. Precepting provides high-impact, experiential learning in the world of higher education.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Junior standing and instructor consent.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Community Engaged Learning.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • LEAD 497 - Internship

    LEAD 497 - Internship

    0.00-12.00 credit hours

    Schedule Of Classes

  • LEAD 499 - Independent Study

    LEAD 499 - Independent Study

    1.00-12.00 credit hours

    Schedule Of Classes

Ethical Leadership Concentration

An Ethical Leadership concentration provides students with a meaningful package of leadership content to supplement their existing coursework. This concentration introduces students to leadership theory and its ethical foundations while continually examining the relevance, application and impact of leadership in today's society. Completion of an Ethical Leadership Concentration allows students to obtain a formal transcript designation with fewer courses and requirements than a full academic minor in the context of a challenging, coherent and meaningful LEV experience involving coursework and co-curricular efforts.

For additional information and courses in this program, see Leadership, Ethics and Values.

Program Requirements

Requirements for the concentration come in three areas: coursework, applications and portfolio.

Required Courses

  • LEAD 120 - Leaders Without Borders

    LEAD 120 - Leaders Without Borders

    4.00 credit hours

    World leaders must navigate an array of domestic and international issues on a daily basis. Their leadership qualities and styles often reflect cultural and social norms as well as their nation's political system. The underlying theme of this course is that the skills and behaviors that are perceived as effective leadership characteristics in one culture are not necessarily those that will be effective in a different culture. Students will explore the ways in which specific characteristics are valued differently by different cultures. Students will also acquire frameworks for assessing how to approach a work assignment in a culture that is not their own. Finally, students will consider the effect of globalization on leadership, and define the characteristics necessary to successfully lead in a highly diverse and complex world that challenges them to understand and respond to nationalism, terrorism, trade, human rights, environmental challenges, power and justice, and explore regional leadership issues.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Global Understanding.
    iCon(s)
    Thinking Globally.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • LEAD 220 - Leadership for Changemaking

    LEAD 220 - Leadership for Changemaking

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the scholarship of leadership theory and practice is integral to the preparation of students to be leaders and changemakers in a global community. This course walks students through the development of leadership theory while continually emphasizing its relevance and application. Students will engage with a variety of approaches as they examine case studies, research examples for theoretical application, and reflect on their own leadership style and development.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Ethical Dimensions.
    iCon(s)
    Engaging Civic Life.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • LEAD 320 - Ethical Leadership

    LEAD 320 - Ethical Leadership

    4.00 credit hours

    What connects all leaders is that they attempt to guide or inspire the conduct of others (their employees, colleagues, fellow citizens, and so on). Our study of ethical leadership will investigate both what it means to be an ethical leader at a personal level (i.e., a leader, with the right values and character, who acts properly) and collective level (i.e., a leader who inspires ethical action in others). We will analyze examples of leadership at the top (e.g., business CEOs) and from the bottom (e.g., activists and whistleblowers). The course is organized in four sections, each centered on its own theme: (1) developing a toolkit for ethical decision making; (2) understanding the sources of moral failures; (3) developing ethical leaders; and (4) investigating leadership in the face of great moral conflict. Students will end the course by developing group projects that apply course material to a specific case of successful (or failed) leadership.

    Prerequisite(s)

    LEAD 220.

    Schedule Of Classes

Applied Leadership Experience

One of the following:

  • Service in an North Central College organizational leadership position (e.g., student government, residence life staff, service trip coordinator, board member of campus ministry organization, etc.)

  • Service in an North Central College athletic leadership position (e.g., Team Captain, Member of SAAC, Member of SAM, etc.)

  • Completion of LEAD 360 - Precepting, or service in some other approved academic leadership position

  • Service in an approved off-campus leadership position

  • Service as an LEAD Microloan advisor

  • Completion of an LEAD approved Cardinal Conversation course involving significant leadership components

  • Completion of an LEAD approved internship experience, preferably LEAD 494 - Capstone: Applied Leadership, involving significant leadership components.

Note: Students are encouraged to propose additional leadership applications to satisfy this component of the Leadership Concentration to the Director of the Leadership, Ethics and Values Program.

ePortfolio

The ePortfolio (electronic portfolio) must include all of the following:

  • Evidence of the Applied Leadership Experience

  • Written responses to two "leadership designated" cultural events or LEAD events, not to exceed two pages each

  • Copies of major written work submitted in all leadership concentration required courses

  • A concluding/capstone personal statement not to exceed three pages

  • A resume

  • Completion of all requirements for either a North Central College B.S. or B.A. degree

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