1. Define your leadership style

Take a moment to look over the prompts below and formulate a concept of the managerial excellence you will seek to practice as you grow in life and your career. This will be your Ethical Leadership Pledge.    

Do look to examples in your textbook such as Volkswagen, IKEA, Deloitte or any others (in or out of the class) for inspiration.

Please write your pledge opening with“As a leader I pledge:” [then continue based on the items below]


  1. Core Values:
    1. List 3 (or more) values that define your leadership style
    2. Describe in detail what each value means (don’t just put up a word, offer context and depth in 2-3 sentences each)
  2. Team building:
    1. Describe your process for finding talent, building and incentivizing team strength (2-3 sentences)
    2. Some additional inspiration:
    3. Servant-leadership is the idea that a leader’s job is to facilitate and not to dictate. Here are some core values to consider:
      1. Encourage diversity of thought.
      2. Create a culture of trust.
  • Have an unselfish mindset.
  1. Foster leadership in others.
  1. Earning trust/buy-in (3-4 sentences)
    1. Detail how you will build trust
    2. Describe how you will earn your team’s “buy-in” (meaning how you will persuade them to see value)
    3. Some ideas to consider: Evidence-based management (using testing and research to reduce workplace politics), instilling best practices (hopefully this class has given you many), communication & collaboration, sharing ownership, de-centralizing/centralizing decision-making, providing good governance 
    4. Please use at least 2 concepts from Chapter 12 (though some are in the list I’ve given you above) 
  2. Elaborate on how you will practice and instill ethics best practices
    1. Reference at least 3 concepts from Chapter 9
    2. You are free to expand after you reference 3 concepts.
  • These prompts are the minimum expected. You may venture beyond should you so choose.
  • YES, you may write in FIRST PERSON! This is about you and there are NO wrong answers.
  • Please copy this to a document and keep it so you can reflect on it after class has finished and iterate upon it as you grow as a leader.

Comment on TWO other classmates posts offering feedback on at least TWO concepts they have shared that you are willing (or inspired) to consider adding to your own leadership pledge.


As a Leader I Pledge: My core values are trust, hard work, and work life balance. Trust is very important in my book because of the fact that nothing can be accomplished successfully without a trustful team. I can not lead an unloyalw team, that does not have a foundation of trustworthiness. I believe everyone has the ability to work hard if they are passionate about something and I think one should only work with what they are love. Hard work and practice pays off with a team of great people. Work life balance, is very important. Work is not the only option, you should be able to live a happy life and work on your hobby, as well as earn a living. This is not something I take for granted, it is seen at many companies when this is not there that lifetime employees are not made. For team building, I first started my love for the arts in musical theatre, dance, choir, and acting. Meaning we had to expose our talents in order to bond. We improved and sung in front of our class, to bond and enjoy dinners together. Finding talent, as said before is in passion. Find your hobby then work for that, and live a fairly happy life. I want my team to work on something they love. They need to be professional and personal with their work. Team work is made by caring for one another, wanting to see others succeed as well as yourself. There must be a friendship somewhat with your coworkers in order to do what is best for the company. Work that must be done, can be done without competition. Everyone must be able to share their thoughts, since we are all diverse. There is communication and representation of all, strengths and play on weaknesses. Earning trust is somewhat hard, depending on the upbringing of one another. I think letting people in builds trust, and sharing your weaknesses with one another and somewhat exposing yourself. While the recipient takes these with care, and holds to them what is meaningful to you. I will earn my teams buy in with evidence based management, and reflect on what is needed from us offer my idea, and show why this might be best in my opinion. I also think communication and collaboration is huge, in my opinion. No one person should govern something that is a team effort. Ethics best practices, based on chapter 9. I think that faulty oversight that enables the unscrupulous pursuit of personal gain, heavy pressures to meet or beat short term earnings targets, and a company culture that puts profitability and good business performance ahead of ethical behavior are huge concepts to target when instilling ethical behavior. these concepts from the chapter lead me to focus on employee well being. As I said work life balance, and allowing the team to fail and learn from this. The company should act as a human, a person. They have a brand message and what they stand for, just as our personalities are. To practice good ethics, I would have an inclusive company culture and plan for fails. I think just as sustainability is a huge concept for businesses, it should be teh same with having a personality of standing for environmental change.



Student 2:

As a leader I pledge: Three core values that define me as a leader are empowerment, work ethic, and communication. As a leader, it is important to be an empowering model to others as it will help my team know that they are noticed for their hard work and motivate them to continue doing their best. Being empowering can help my team know that they also carry a huge part in the company or project we are working on. Having a great work ethic is vital as it allows for certain tasks to be done efficiently and at a certain time. Without having a good work ethic it just leads to disaster and not completing the task correctly. Communication is also important as a leader and amongst a team because it will make sure that everyone is on the same page and is willing to ask questions if needed. I’ve learned through my work and school background that asking questions is better than not asking questions because it is better to receive answers that are needed than just guessing and perhaps doing a task completely wrong. In order to find the right team, I first look at how willing the person is to work for my company, let’s say, and how passionate they are. I want people in my team who can truly come into work being happy and excited to work on different tasks and see it more than just earn income.  Finding people who are passionate is important because I know that they are willing to put their 110% every day they come to work. Building trust in any sort of environment is crucial in order to gain trust and build a relationship. I would build trust by sharing some things about myself that I wouldn’t normally share with strangers and remind my team that they can be open with me. Being vulnerable is hard, but if I am willing to build trust then my team should too. I will earn my team’s “buy-in” by incorporating communication and collaboration and sharing ownership.  If there are serious decisions to be made, I would love to open them to my team and ask for any feedback or suggestions as I can trust that they can make great insights and show that I care about their opinions and will be acknowledged. I will instill ethical best practices by enabling environmental sustainability strategy which allows for ethical standards to be set for the company and not changed no matter what, enhancing a safe work environment by making sure every employee feels safe and allowing for diversity to add different cultures into the work environment to learn how to be open in a work environment.