Rutgers’ New Institute to Fill Gap in Ethical Leadership Resources

Some of the country’s most respected voices in education, philanthropy and business were on hand to support Rutgers Business School’s launch last week of the Institute for Ethical Leadership.

The institute was created to address the lack of ethical leadership resources for businesses, nonprofits and government. “Our mission is to provide leaders from all arenas, not just business, with the decision making tools to address and tackle tough ethical issues,” said James Abruzzo, co-founder of the institute.

“The problems of bad leadership are costly to society,” Barbara Kellerman, author and Harvard professor considered an authority in the field of leadership, said in her keynote address to an audience of about 160 business, education and government leaders. “We must not resign to the patterns of the past. Studying leadership, both good and bad examples, can help save us from bad leaders.”

The institute’s work will consist of three tracks: education and training; basic and applied research and consultation and coaching for top executives. In addition, it will integrate ethics throughout the Rutgers Business School experience, with a vision to take the program university-wide.

“It’s a powerful opportunity to impact this country’s future leaders,” said Alex Plinio, co-founder of the institute. “With the challenges they’ll have to face, not having an education grounded in ethics is a luxury they can’t afford.”

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