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Values and Leadership

Values and Leadership
  • Level(s) of study: Professional / Short course
  • Study mode(s): Short course
  • Starting: 13 - 14 May 2021
  • Course duration: Two days

Have you ever felt that most people know what is the right thing to do, but just can’t seem to act on their values due to systemic pressures? Are you interested in addressing this problem in your organisation and in society?

The Values and Leadership Executive Education short course will develop the insights, capacities and skills needed to find values-driven and systemic solutions to the complex ethical and sustainability challenges confronting organisations today. The course combines an experiential learning approach, emphasising affect and relationality, with cutting edge research on ethical leadership and sustainability.

During this unique two-day programme, you will be challenged to critically reflect on the ethical dimensions and sustainability considerations pertaining to business and management practice.

The main aims are to:

  • Foster a critical understanding of values and ethical decision-making.
  • Cultivate responsible stakeholder management.
  • Promote an understanding of responsible leadership in the context of sustainability.
  • Create courageous values-driven conversations across the organisation.

To book your place on this course, visit our online store.

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What you'll study

The programme focuses on building three areas of leadership expertise, namely values-driven leadership, sustainability management, and ethical business conduct.

Topics to be addressed include:

  • Personal and professional values, decision-making skills, discursive practice and contextual influences.
  • Stakeholder engagement strategies and the management of diversity.
  • Organisational and professional ethical risk assessments.
  • Giving Voice to Values (GVV) as an approach to systemic ethical action.
  • Ethical habituation as key to shaping organisational culture.

How you’re taught

The programme will explore real-live cases where complex ethical dilemmas emerge. In the process, you will integrate active learning and responsible business goals through the development of specific personal and organisational action plans.

The course has been carefully designed to facilitate experiential learning and interaction. A physical ‘welcome pack’ will be delivered to each participant before the programme begins.  This way, we combine online media tools and interactions with physical materials and activities to stimulate creative and embodied engagement.

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Online delivery

The course is delivered over two days through a virtual platform. Each day entails three two-hour sessions online.

Benefits and accreditations

Personal professional development

At the end of the programme, you will be able to:

  • Verbalise the importance of aligning values and purpose in organizations.
  • Exercise the skills and capacities to act on your values in complex situations.
  • Demonstrate cross-sectoral understanding in your specific context.
  • Assess corruption risk and master best practice for managing these risks.
  • Manage ethical organizational cultures through ethical habituation.
  • Develop cross-sectoral cooperation strategies for ethical and sustainable business.


On completing the course, you will receive a certificate of participation. You will also have the opportunity to gain 10 course credits towards Nottingham Business School’s Executive MBA or Online MBA.

Sister course

The Values and Leadership short course can be taken together with the Leading in Organisations and Systems (also an executive education course with 10 credits towards an Executive or Online MBA).

Organisational opportunities

Work with the course facilitators and NBS executive education team to develop a bespoke Values and Leadership programme for your organisation or industry. Contact Natalie Toms at for more information.

Programme leads

Mollie Painter is Professor of Ethics and Organisation and leads the Responsible and Sustainable Business Lab (RSB Lab), a bespoke research centre within Nottingham Business School (NBS). The RSB Lab is dedicated to the promotion and dissemination of research, training and practitioner engagement around responsible and sustainable business practice. Professor Painter’s teaching is focused on integrating responsible leadership, ethics and accountability into NBS’s postgraduate programmes. She is also active in executive development programmes and consultancy activities in these areas.

Elmé Vivier is a Senior Research Fellow in the RSB Lab. Her role involves conceptualising, managing and contributing to research projects, and producing and disseminating research outputs. She manages and co-facilitates the Values-Driven Leadership executive development course, which is offered in South Africa, Kenya and Egypt, and teaches on the Responsible and Sustainable Leadership MBA module.

Entry requirements

The course is for leaders and managers responsible for ethics, compliance and risk in their organisation, for human resources, or in key decision-making roles (audit, finance, supply chain, etc.) with a desire to develop their leadership skills.

How to apply

To book your place on this course, visit our online store.

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Fees and funding


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