By Megan Starley, contributor
The Society for the Advancement of Ethical Leadership, a new, student-created organization, helps prepare students to face real-world ethical issues, according to students on its executive board.
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Knowing the issues that arise in the business world, students saw a need to be more prepared to face ethical issues in their careers, said Kaden Comadena, president of the society. The founders created the Society for the Advancement of Ethical Leadership to give students a chance to learn about ethical leadership in a group discussion setting. After a few e-mails went out about the group, word spread and it grew to more than 50 members, Mr. Comadena said.
Members participate in the Ethical Leadership Book Club, requiring them to read books about business ethics then come together to discuss them with fellow society members. Since the group’s creation last fall, members have read Defining Moments by Joseph L Badaracco, Jr., Leadership and Self-Deception by the Arbinger Institute and Winners Never Cheat by Jon M. Huntsman.
Students discuss the sometimes-controversial conclusions in the books and search for things they can learn from each other, Mr. Comadena said.
“It’s beneficial for students to address the issues,” he said. “It’s better to be prepared when an ethical situation comes up. We’re reading books, coming up with cases and addressing these important issues, realizing that they do happen to normal people.”
The society also sponsors Ethics Leadership Day and participates in the Partners In Business Ethical Leadership Seminar.