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Leadership tools for ethical problem-solving

Learn how to lead values-driven action in your organisation and to manage ethical risks systematically and collaboratively.

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  • Duration

    3 weeks
  • Weekly study

    2 hours

Develop essential leadership skills to manage ethical risks

On this three-week course, you’ll discover how to manage and lead effectively within your organisation. You’ll learn how to identify and overcome ethical dilemmas as you develop your understanding of leadership issues and trends in organisations.

With this knowledge, you’ll be able to support responsible and sustainable employee engagement whilst developing collaborative leadership skills and behaviours.

Identify stakeholders with the salience model

Delving into different dilemmas in the workplace, you’ll learn how best to engage with personal, organisational, and societal dilemmas.

Next, you’ll discover how to identify stakeholders using the salience models to understand how to prioritise and manage different stakeholder interests.

Learn how to align with organisational values

You’ll learn how to reflect on your own values which will help you identify whether you are conflicted or aligned with your organisational values.

Next, you’ll gain skills for critical conversations to help develop speak-out cultures in organisations. This approach will ensure everyone feels confident and safe to speak their mind.

Learn from the specialists at Nottingham Trent University

Throughout the course, you’ll be guided by the specialists at Nottingham Trent University. With their expertise, you’ll finish the course with the knowledge and confidence to lead through complex dilemmas.


  • Week 1

    Getting started

    • Welcome - Start here

      In this first activity we cover the basic course info, including where to get help, if you need it.

    • The concept of leadership

      In this activity, we explore the concept of leadership.

    • Ethics, morality and responsibility

      In this activity, we explore the concepts of ethics morality and responsibility.

    • Responsible leadership

      In this activity, we explore responsible leadership and ethical leaders.

  • Week 2

    Dilemmas, stakeholders and the Salience model

    • What is a dilemma?

      In this activity, we explore what we mean when we talk about an ethical dilemma.

    • Identifying stakeholders

      In this activity, we explore who our stakeholders are to help ensure everyone's interests are being acknowledged and protected.

    • Salience model

      In this activity, we explore the Salience model.

    • Power, urgency and legitimacy

      In this activity we explore power, urgency and legitimacy through the lens of a very contemporary dilemma.

  • Week 3

    Ethical dilemmas

    • Partygate

      In this activity, we look at the ethical debate around the notorious Partygate scandal.

    • The ethics quick test

      In this activity, we explore ethical decision-making tools that you can use to test your basic ethical intuitions.

    • Addressing dilemmas

      This activity explores approaches to addressing dilemmas.

    • In conclusion... the ongoing challenge of implementing values-driven solutions

      In this activity, we explore the ongoing challenge of implementing values-driven solutions, before wrapping up this short course.

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Reflect on your own values, value conflicts and alignment with organisational values.
  • Identify and prioritise stakeholder interests and needs.
  • Critically evaluate the role of systemic leadership in addressing values-based dilemmas in your organisation.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of organisational culture and how it helps or hinders complex problem-solving.
  • Engage others collaboratively to develop systemic solutions to organizational ethical dilemmas.
  • Demonstrate systemic leadership skills.
  • Identify solutions to meet leadership challenges which enhance organisational performance.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for middle and senior managers who want to develop their leadership skills.

Who will you learn with?

As a philosopher by training, and an international consultant & researcher in practice, I enjoy challenging outdated assumptions on order to create more creative & ethical solutions for organisations

Who developed the course?

Nottingham Trent University

With over 40,000 students and staff spanning five university sites, Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is one of the largest and most influential higher education institutions in the country.

Nottingham Business School

Nottingham Business School’s (NBS) purpose is to provide research and education that combines academic excellence with positive impact on people, business and society.

Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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