Welcome to the joint project Leadership Ethics

Managers have an academic degree


The majority of managers in Germany has an academic degree. However, leadership, and in particular leadership responsibilities and leadership ethics hardly play a role during their studies. The joint project “Leadership Ethics as Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities” is funded by the Carl Zeiss Foundation and aims at addressing this gap. The goal of the joint project is to develop a range of courses, which discuss leadership ethics in STEM subjects (mathematics, computer science, natural sciences and technology).

In order to be a responsible manager, students should have to learn how to reflect moral concepts, values and goals, with which he or she will be confronted in their working environment. Consequently, future leaders have to be able to question forms of leadership used at their workplace, and should not limit their decisions and actions to effectiveness and efficiency alone.


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What is leadership ethics?


A responsible and reflective leader has to be able to

  • reflect moral concepts and values with which they are confronted
    in their working environment
  • question the various forms of leadership that are used
  • take moral values into account when making a decision
  • contribute to the promotion of moral action within the organization.

The goal of the teaching-learning formats developed by this project is to identify and teach competencies and knowledge required for ethical leadership.

Leadership ethics in teaching


The aim of the project’s teaching-learning formats is to identify and develop a teaching and learning arrangement that imparts competencies and knowledge required for ethical leadership to students in the STEM field. Thus, the project’s target group has specific requirements. It is necessary to take into account the organisational framework of the involved universities. A challenge will be to meet student’s interests as well as to prepare teaching methods and content for the targeted audience. Hence, the project’s solid foundation is a close cooperation between didactic in science and applied ethics which includes practical teaching experience.

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Teaching and learning good leadership


Positive learning experiences are in close relation to the evaluation of their successes. Yet, this is a particular challenge in the area of "soft" competences. Therefore, the project has developed an empirically founded, theory-based and practice-oriented competence model as well as corresponding measuring instruments, which makes it possible to measure the effectiveness of teaching competences in leadership ethics. Both the teaching-learning arrangements and the evaluation instruments will be tested in form of pilot projects as part of the project.

The project is funded by the