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The Best Books for Ethical Leaders 2021

The Best Books for Ethical Leaders 2021

NDDCEL Staff

As part of our mission to inform, equip, and inspire values-based leaders, the Notre Dame Deloitte Center for Ethical Leadership and its Faculty Fellows stay on the lookout for new books. In our fifth annual list of Best Books for Ethical Leaders, we share ten books published during the 2021 calendar year that bridge the worlds of business and academia and provide practical insights that can help leaders live and work more ethically.

Honesty at Work

Honesty at Work

Brett Beasley

Christian Miller (ND PhD '04), director of the Honesty Project at Wake Forest University, shares advice on hiring honest employees and cultivating moral character with the help of exemplars, moral reminders, and self-awareness.

To be good, be grateful.

To be good, be grateful.

Brett Beasley

Cicero was right. Gratitude can aid you on your path toward becoming a better person.

Will meaningful work make your employees moral?

Will meaningful work make your employees moral?

Brett Beasley

The "Great Resignation" is here: Employees are leaving their jobs in droves to find work that aligns with their passions. Organizations stand to benefit from this trend—but only if leaders appreciate the potential (and the pitfalls) of meaningful work.

How the Best Apologies Are Made

How the Best Apologies Are Made

Brett Beasley

For some leaders, leadership means "never having to say you're sorry." But new research suggests that they are overlooking the profound benefits a good apology has to offer.

Announcing the Next Chapter in the Center's History

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We are pleased to announce that moral philosopher James Otteson will serve as the new Faculty Director of the Notre Dame Deloitte Center for Ethical Leadership. Otteson is the John T. Ryan Jr. Professor of Business Ethics at Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. He received his BA from the Program of Liberal Studies at the University of Notre Dame and his PhD in philosophy from the University of Chicago. He specializes in business ethics, political economy, the history of economic thought, and eighteenth-century moral philosophy. His most recent book is Honorable Business: A Framework for Business in a Just and Humane Society (Oxford, 2019).

Christopher Adkins Copy

The Center would like to thank Christopher Adkins, who has served as the Rex and Alice A. Martin Faculty Director of the Notre Dame Deloitte Center since 2016. As of January 1, 2021, Chris is serving as the inaugural academic director of a new program, Leadership Development, a uniquely Notre Dame leadership development program to be offered to Mendoza graduate program students. Chris will continue to work with the Center as a faculty fellow.

The Center’s mission will be to continue to support engagement, targeted research, and outreach and dissemination that reflects the Center’s identity and promotes ethical leadership in business. The Center’s goal is to disseminate innovative, targeted and accessible programming and research in ethical leadership, and to become a leading home and platform for impactful business ethics research, education and outreach.

 

 

Why do people do the right thing?

At the Notre Dame Deloitte Center for Ethical Leadership, we believe that ethics can drive the business world forward. We aim to understand how ethical behavior is generated in work contexts. By connecting academic and business thought leaders to explore character ethics, we create and disseminate content that is forward-looking, pragmatic, and provocative. 

Collaboration with Ethical Systems

Our behavioral science one-sheets, developed in collaboration with Ethical Systems, are designed to connect behavioral science concepts to daily workflow and organizational cultures. We use simple language and concrete examples about how to apply behavioral science concepts in practice. We have added a creative commons license to allow you and your organization to use these one-sheets in a variety of ways, including:

  • Handouts to team members
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  • Including in new-hire packages
  • Incorporating into training seminars
  • Executive coaching programs

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