Ethics & Ethical Leadership



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The International Journal of Ethical LeadershipIJEL is an academic journal that expands the interdisciplinary, international conversation on what ethical leadership requires. In 2012, the Inamori Center established IJEL, which is published by the Inamori Center in partnership with The University of Akron Press and the CWRU School of Law.



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GELS: The Global Ethical Leaders Society is a student-led organization affiliated with the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence. GELS members meet weekly to discuss ethics, ethical issues and world events, welcome guest speakers, and hold events open to the campus and the community






Inamori Ethics Prize: This annual celebration honors outstanding international ethical leaders whose actions and influence have greatly improved the condition of humankind. The event includes a prize ceremony and lecture, followed by an academic symposium. All events are open to the community free of charge. The prize recipient also meets with groups of students and community members throughout the visit.


Workshop & Lecture Topics
  • Ethics and Artificial Intelligence
    • Pitfalls to avoid in the race to deploy advanced automated and machine learning systems (“the second mouse gets the cheese”)
    • AI as an option generator
    • The perils of automation bias and bias “baked in” to algorithms
  • Engaging Military Service Members and Veterans in the Workforce
    • How military values and virtues can benefit an organization
    • Recognizing the unique talents and needs of veteran employees
    • Leadership and risk management lessons learned from Military Ethics
  • The Power of Diversity
    • Understanding how complex projects require diverse teams
    • The history of diversity-based problem-solving
    • Bringing talent out of the shadows
  • Ethics and Emerging Tech
    • Military, civilian, and dual-use tech integrating humans and machines
    • New tech as augmentation
    • Where humans belong in the decision loop
  • Command Climate
    • Maintaining a healthy organizational environment
    • Avoiding common forms of command corruption
    • Scapegoats, whistleblowers, and paths of redemption
  • Applying Ethics in Everyday Leadership
    • Principle- vs. consequence-based ethical decision-making
    • When good people do bad things
    • Ethics vs. compliance
  • Character and Leadership
    • Setting standards for integrity across the organization
    • Encouraging moral courage
    • Finding the balance between justice and mercy
  • Maintaining Robust Values in a Global Organization
    • Cultural vs. moral relativism
    • Arguments for universal standards
    • Strategies for transparency and consistency
  • The Inamori Philosophy
    • “Do the right thing as a human being”
    • Focus on the flourishing and recognition of employees
    • Make products/services that serve humankind

February 22, 2019: Integrity Beyond CWRU

Integrity Week Keynote Flyer - Feb 22 2019

February 21, 2019: Academic Integrity Week Faculty Panel

Integrity Week Faculty Panel Flyer - Feb 21 2019

November 2, 2018: Everyday Ethics Series - Solutions for Child Poverty 

Tracy Najera, OH CDF Director, Learn About Solutions for Child Poverty
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