Online Microcredential in Business & Management

Values-Driven Leadership

Level up your leadership as you learn how to leverage your values to become an ethical leader with wide-ranging influence.

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Nottingham Business SchoolNottingham Business School

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Nottingham Trent UniversityNottingham Trent University

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Master values-based leadership with Nottingham Business School

Encountering ethical risks is an unavoidable part of leadership in any organisation. To successfully solve these complex organisational problems, you need to know how to leverage your values rather than compromise them.

On this microcredential, you’ll learn how to take a values-driven approach to effectively solve the problem of ethical risks. You’ll also gain crucial collaborative leadership skills to help you build an ethical organisational culture.

Guided by the experts from the award-winning Nottingham Business School, you’ll be able to advance in your leadership career as you learn how to lead in a systemic way. What’s more, you’ll also receive an accreditation from Nottingham Trent University to certify your values-based leadership abilities.

Learn how to prioritise stakeholders and promote ethical decision-making

Recognising stakeholders and identifying their needs is the first step in resolving ethical issues.

You’ll be introduced to stakeholder theory and different stakeholder models, learning how to apply these when confronted with an ethical dilemma.

You’ll also be equipped with tools, strategies, and resources to assist you in tackling complex problems. You’ll discover a range of philosophical scenarios and real-life case studies that you can apply to your own context.

Discover leadership theories and different approaches to problem-solving

Research on leadership is vast. You’ll discover a range of definitions and theories of leadership, evaluating which is most suitable in the context of your own organisation and leadership style.

You’ll also discuss how different leadership approaches impact organisational problem-solving. Engaging in recent research on leadership trends, you’ll consider how wider systems influence ethical decision-making.

Understand the benefits of collaborative leadership for organisational culture

Understanding how organisations can work to encourage or discourage certain behaviours is essential for developing ethical organisational cultures.

You’ll learn how to engage your team to solve problems collectively, and how this collaborative approach to leadership is beneficial for your organisation’s culture.

Harness systems thinking to solve organisational problems

Systems thinking helps you take a more holistic approach to problem-solving. Seeing your organisation as a series of connecting parts within a wider network will help you appreciate the bigger picture and think more strategically.

You’ll learn how thinking systemically could help you resolve ethical dilemmas. You’ll also learn to connect yourself and your employees to your organisation and its wider network.

By the end of the microcredential, you’ll have a clear sense of your values, and an understanding of how systems thinking can help you leverage them to become a better leader.

Your educator Mollie has, in partnership with the Academy of Business in Society (ABIS) and African faculty, developed the African leadership programmes of focusing on developing values-driven leadership on the African continent, with active programmes now running in Egypt, Kenya and South Africa.

How will this microcredential help in my career?

This microcredential will equip you with the knowledge and practical tools you need to resolve ethical dilemmas without compromising on your values. This will give you greater confidence and integrity as a leader in your organisation.

You’ll also learn how to promote an ethical working culture by taking a collaborative approach to leadership. This will help to harness the decision-making capacity of your colleagues, and earn their respect by empowering them to play a more active role in the organisational system.

Finally, you’ll learn more about the benefits of systems thinking, an organisational approach with considerable traction in management today. This will give you vital knowledge for your leadership career.

How will I be assessed?

At the end of the course, you’ll write a 2,000-word individual reflective report describing an ethical problem encountered by a given organisation. You’ll be required to assess the organisation’s culture and leadership, and develop a set of recommendations for how it could resolve the ethical challenge.

This will test your ability to reflect critically on values and value conflicts, and your systemic leadership skills.

Will I receive university credits?

Yes, you’ll earn 10 Level 7 credits at postgraduate level from Nottingham Trent University.

You can use these credits to build towards a Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership and Management Practice from Nottingham Business School (NBS).

NBS, part of Nottingham Trent University, is a world leader in experiential learning. They expertly design their courses to help you develop career-enhancing skills, knowledge, and experience. Their awards include the highest international benchmark of excellence for business schools and they are only one of nine UK business schools recognised as a PRME Champion (United Nations Principles of Responsible Management Education).

What skills will you learn?

  • Leadership
  • Management
  • Decision-making
  • Ethical judgements
  • People management
  • Problem-solving

Are you eligible for this microcredential?

To join this microcredential you should have some professional work experience and you are looking to develop your personal and professional leadership capability.

Is this microcredential right for you?

This course is designed for middle and senior managers or professionals working in any sector or industry.

They will need to be interested in learning more about systems thinking and how to take a values-driven approach to problem-solving in organisational systems.


What happens before, during, and after your microcredential

  • Course

    From 7 Oct 2024

    Values-Driven Problem Solving in Organisational Systems

    Learn how to leverage your values, think systemically, and solve the ethical risks and dilemmas facing your organisation.

    10 weeks

    10 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Values-driven visions for oneself, one’s organisation and the world
      • Course overview and introductions
      • Values-driven visions for oneself, one’s organisation and the world
      • Values, Ethics and Morality
    • Week 2

      Recognising stakeholders and ethical dilemmas
      • Discerning Ethical Dilemmas
      • Defining and Identifying Stakeholders
      • Different Stakeholder Models
      • Prioritising Stakeholders in Ethical Dilemmas
    • Week 3

      Philosophical resources for values-driven problem-solving
      • Your gut response
      • Consequentialist and Non-consequentialist theories
      • Rights-based Ethics
      • Virtue-based Ethics
    • Week 4

      Integrated decision-making tools
      • Values-Driven Problem-Solving: An integrated Approach
      • Applying the Integrated Decision Model
    • Week 5

      Giving voice to values
      • The Giving Voice to Values (GVV) approach to moral dilemmas
      • Dealing with rationalisations and practicing GVV
      • Formative Assessment
    • Week 6

      Leadership definitions, approaches and theories
      • Thinking about Leadership
      • Shifts in Understandings of Leadership
      • What Leadership is and How We Study it
      • A Critical Consideration of Selected Leadership Theories
    • Week 7

      Factors that influence how people lead and problem-solve
      • Personal Factors
      • Institutional Factors
      • The Global Political Economy
    • Week 8

      Understanding and managing ethical organisational culture
      • Digging into Organisational Culture
      • Habit and Habituation
      • Organisational Ethical Risk
      • Reporting Requirements
    • Week 9

      Leading in organisational systems
      • Introduction to Systems Thinking
      • Leadership in Complex Systems
      • Sustainability and Systemic Leadership
    • Week 10

      Negotiating paradox in organisational ethical dilemmas
      • What is Paradox
      • Paradoxical Dynamics in Organisations
      • Paradoxes in Leading and Tricks of the Trade
      • Course Wrap-Up

What you will receive

10 Level 7 Credits at Postgraduate level from Nottingham Trent University

You’ll receive 10 Level 7 postgraduate credits from Nottingham Trent University. These can be put towards the total needed to obtain a Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership and Management Practice.

Find out how credits work and where you can use them in our FAQs.

What is a microcredential?

Microcredentials are designed to upskill you for work in rapidly-growing industries, without the time and cost commitment of a full degree. Your microcredential can stand alone as an independent credential, and some also offer academic credit to use towards a degree.

Learn online with expert instructors

Complete online courses led by experts over multiple weeks with a dedicated group of professionals.

Complete project-based assessments

Test your understanding with online tutor-marked assessments and exercises.

Earn a professional credential

Finish your learning and pass your assessments to gain an accredited credential.

Advance further in your career

Use your microcredential as evidence of your specialised skills and progress further in your industry.

Career-focused learning by 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.

Career-focused learning by 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.

Delivered by experts

With a background in political studies, philosophy, business ethics and leadership, I am passionate about learning how people from different contexts make sense of and tackle complex challenges.

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

I'm Val, Senior Lecturer here at Nottingham Business School and tutor on the microcredential programme.
My research interests focus on inequalities, more specifically gender in construction.

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You can use your Level 7 credits to build towards a Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership and Management Practice from Nottingham Business School.

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