Hello, my name is Joanne Ciulla.
I'll be talking to you today about the ethical challenges of leadership.
My training is all in philosophy,
and I've been teaching ethics for about 35 years now and for about 20 years working
with business and government organizations about ethics in the workplace.
The one thing I like about teaching ethics is that I always learn something new,
and I hope you will as well.
I teach at the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond.
But the Jepson School is the only School of Leadership Studies in the world that
offers an undergraduate bachelor's degree in leadership studies.
The approach that we take to the subject of leadership
is very similar to the approach that we're going to take today.
The Jepson School looks at leadership as a part of the liberal arts,
so we study leadership through art, literature,
psychology, and a variety of other subjects.
We look at leadership in a variety of different contexts.
Leadership is a part of the human condition,
it's a phenomenon, and we study it as such.
The Jepson School is not a business school, though of course,
we touch on business leadership as part of our curriculum.
I also work with University of Fort Hare,
which has just developed a Center for Leadership Ethics in Africa.
Organizations like this are extremely
important to start improving the quality of leadership all over
the world and the issue of ethics is fundamental to the issue of leadership itself.
In addition to working at Fort Hare,
I also work with
the European Institute of Business Ethics at Nyenrode University in the Netherlands.