Ethical Leadership

Professional Development Courses


Professional Courses | Ethical Leadership

Christian Leadership INT501

Course fee: $2,000 | Course length: 12 weeks | Intake: Feb, Jul | Online delivery
Course Overview

This course develops the individual’s leadership skills grounded in Christian values with particular attention to the distinctive features of Christian leadership, such as servant-hearted motivation and pastoral concern in team and client relations. Building on the Biblical foundations of dignity, respect, equality and strengthening the group, this course equips the participant to implement their personal faith and values in work practice, in volunteer roles, and in leadership positions in Christian organisations.  It will help the leader or executive align their leadership style and goals with their Christian values.

This course will develop the skills necessary for emerging and rising leaders in Christian schools, lay ministry leadership, and for theologically-trained staff who want to build their interpersonal and organisational leadership tools; and for leaders in Christian and ethical not-for-profit sector businesses who would like to bring their Christian identity to bear in the workplace and project management.

There are numerous generalised business leadership and educational leadership qualifications available but little that caters specifically to the Christian whose values define their interaction with people in a distinctive and important core way. This course explores the reconciliation of servant-hearted leadership and Biblical attitudes in our ambitious career-oriented world; ways to deliver instructions, advice and news to staff or clients in a respectful positive manner; tools to galvanise and unify your work team; and how to lead humbly and productively.

The course examines practical methods to model Christian values and ethics in positions of leadership — e.g. equity, fairness, dignity and value of individuals, and unity of thinking. We look at Biblical foundations for relationships, including relationships that involve power differentials; resilience (coping, forgiving, renewal and growth through change); ethical practice and justice; celebrating successes and gratitude; ethical design strategies for projects or business and holistic decision-making tools; wise stewardship of resources including finance, material resources, and especially people-management; and resisting idolatrous external pressures and common trappings.

Key Learning Outcomes

Demonstrate communication skills that transfer complex knowledge or sensitive issues via written or verbal modalities at a high professional level.

Display skills to analyse and synthesise knowledge from the primary source material and literature in order to provide practical solutions to complex problems in the context of ethical, contemporary social and future work decisions.

Demonstrate knowledge and its expert application including independent discernment in a range of specialised contexts; exemplifying an understanding of the human relationship to God, and Christian framework for conduct, attitudes towards others, and human worth.

Acquisition of tools for ethical and value-driven decision-making, and project design.

Teaching Method

Learning occurs through prescribed reading, class interaction and activities, scenario-based analysis and projects including written work and research. This unit may include online presentation and interactive learning strategies. The unit is supported at every offering by access to an online lecturer and to the resources and student support services of the College.

Formal assessment is a mandatory part of this course. In order to successfully complete the course, you must pass all assessments and ensure you adhere to the relevant due dates. Details of the specific assessment requirements can be found by contacting the Integrative Studies program.