FSDP: Certificate in Organizational Leadership and Ethics

The Certificate in Organization Leadership and Ethics (COLE) is a series of eight workshops that are designed for supervisors and administrators who want to maximize their ability to have impact as ethical leaders within their unit/department or overall workplace. This workshop series combines knowledge, interactive discussion and skill-building exercises to help participants learn the essentials of ethical leadership. Participants will learn competencies that include skills for building and maintaining a responsible workplace, responsible use of power and authority, enhancing productive work team performance and developing talent through the use of tools such as mentoring.

Watch this video for a brief overview of the COLE series!

COLE consists of the following eight workshops offered through the Faculty and Staff Development Program (FSDP) on a rotating basis each fall and spring. To receive the certificate, individuals must complete six of the eight workshops. Participants should track their own progress and report completion of required workshops to Organization Development using this COLE Completion Form.

  • Mentoring and Leading Others
  • The Ethical Use of Power
  • Solving Problems and Ethical Dilemmas
  • Principles and Practices of Servant Leadership
  • Leadership and Effective Talent Development
  • Building Social Capital by Managing Relationships, Conflict and Incivility in the Workplace
  • The Changing American Workplace: Rights, Responsibilities, and Challenges
  • Silence (Not Golden): Dissent and Consensus in the Workplace

Workshops can be taken in any sequence over a five-year period. Faculty and staff can take just one or more workshops based on interest. 

Who Should Attend: Faculty and staff who are supervisors or administrators or those who have made the transition from technical or administrative positions into managerial career paths where effectively managing people is part of competency development and overall effectiveness

The Certificate in Organizational Leadership and Ethics program is co-sponsored by the David Berg Center for Ethics and Leadership in conjunction with the Office of Human Resources at the University of Pittsburgh.

Principles and Practices of Servant Leadership

Presenter: Audrey Murrell, Professor of Business Administration
   Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Administration

Date: Tuesday, May 3, 2022
Time: 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Location: 2400 Sennott Square (in-person workshop)
Materials Fee: $30 (departmental account number is requested at registration link below)

This workshop combines knowledge, interactive discussion and skill-building exercises to help participants understand the principles of servant leadership in dynamic environments. Participants will also identify the role, skills and tactics of highly effective servant leaders, and how they can build their competencies to be an effective servant leader.

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The Ethical Use of Power

Presenter: Ray Jones, Clinical Associate Professor of Business Administration
   Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Administration

Date: Tuesday, June 14, 2022
Time: 1–4:00 p.m.
Location: 2400 Sennott Square (in-person workshop)
Materials Fee: $30 (departmental account number is requested at registration link below)

This workshop combines knowledge, interactive discussion and skill-building exercises to help participants understand the real dynamics of power in organizations, managing “necessary evils” in complex organizations, building skills in the ethical use of power and influence, and, a look beyond the “dark side” of power in organizations.

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Solving Problems and Ethical Dilemmas

Presenter: Debbie Good, Clinical Assistant Professor of Business Administration
   Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Administration

Date: Thursday, May 12, 2022
Time: 1–4:00 p.m.
Location: 2400 Sennott Square (in-person workshop)
Materials Fee: $30 (departmental account number is requested at registration link below)

This workshop combines knowledge, interactive discussion and skill-building exercises to familiarize participants with:

  • “Beyond compliance” – ethical decision-making in complex environments
  • Ethical decision making – a stewardship approach
  • Accountability and transparency in problem-solving and decision-making
  • Ethical decision-making in crisis and uncertainty
  • Review of opportunities and situations wherein participants can apply knowledge within the University of Pittsburgh environment

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Silence (Not Golden): Dissent and Consensus in the Workplace

Presenter: Paul Klein, Clinical Associate Professor of Business Administration
   Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Administration

Date: Thursday, June 9, 2022
Time: 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Location: 2400 Sennott Square (in-person workshop)
Materials Fee: $30 (departmental account number is requested at registration link below)

Have you ever found yourself feeling uncomfortable, or disagreeing, with something you are required to do in the workplace? Have you found yourself in a situation in which you wanted to say something, to object to a proposed policy or course of action but instead remained silent? In this workshop we will examine why people are reluctant to speak up; why people hesitate to disagree, to question, to challenge. Full consensus leads to complacency in organizations. To remain vital, organizations need to create an environment in which employees feel safe and respected in expressing their concerns. 

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