Leadership Laws


Leadership Laws


This assignment is intended to introduce different ethical principles individuals’ value.  This will be observed from a Christian perspective.  Also ethical terminology will be reviewed or introduced.

Upon successful completion of this assignment you should be able to: 

  • Define ethical terms
  • Compare and contrast the difference between basic ethics and dilemma ethics.
  • Identify the Leadership Laws as described by Maxwell and Elmore needed to create sound policy.


  • Website: “Teaching the Virtues” by Christina Hoff Somners:  http://forerunner.com/forerunner/X0116_Teaching_the_Virtues.html
  • Textbook: Maxwell leadership Bible
  • Textbook: Rae Moral Choices
  • File:  Ethical Vocabulary List
  • PowerPoint:  Ethical Decision Making


  1. View the Ethical Decision Making PowerPoint.
  2. Read the essay “Teaching the Virtues” by Christina Hoff Somners at http://forerunner.com/forerunner/X0116_Teaching_the_Virtues.html
  3. Review three Leadership Laws from the Maxwell Leadership Bible (2007). An Index for the Leadership Laws can be found in the back of your Bible. Consider your own personal and professional growth as you decide which laws to review.
  4. Review/ define the ethics vocabulary list found as an attachment in course materials under workshop one. Be prepared to apply the ethical theories and principles to discussions and assignments throughout the course. We need to understand and speak the language of ethics as we participate in ethical discussions.
  5. Review the PowerPoint on ethical decision making models.
  6. Access at least two of the following or other ethical resources online:

    Potter Box
    Decision Model Based on Moral Development Theory (Kristen Alley Swain)
    Hasted’s Bioethical Decision Making Model
    Kohlberg & Gilligan
    The President’s Council on Bioethics
    World Transhumanis Association
    American Society of Bioethics and Humanities
    NCBC The National Catholic Bioethics Center
    Six Step Ethical Decision Making Model

  7. Navigate to the threaded discussion and respond to the following:

    Post a two or three paragraph summary of your thoughts/ideas on this material and the integration of personal ethics with organizational and public ethics. 
    Compare and contrast the difference between basic ethics and dilemma ethics.
    Review of leadership laws

  8. Your initial post is due by the fifth day of the workshop.
  9. Read and respond to at least two of your classmates’ initial postings and any questions you are asked in your initial post by the end of the workshop.
  10. Use this material as you respond to various discussions and prepare work during the remainder of the course.


Ethics Vocabulary List

  • Beneficence
  • Care      Ethics
  • Causitry      approach
  • Deontological      theories
  • Duty
  • Fidelity
  • Justice—distributive      and compensatory
  • Locus of      authority
  • Metaethics
  • Nonmaleficience
  • Normative      Ethics
  • Prima      facie duties or rights
  • Primum      non nocere
  • Review      the three types of ethical dilemmas

    Right       versus wrong
    Wrong       versus wrong
    Right       versus right—primary focus is on this type of dilemma

  • Teleological      theories
  • Utilitarianism
  • Veracity
  • Virtue      theory





UP to 8 Points

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UP to 4 Points




UP to 1

0 Points

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UP to 4 Points


Comprehensive review of leadership laws presented.  Personal ethics are integrated with organizational and public ethics.  Excellent examples given in post.

Review of leadership laws presented.  Personal ethics are discussed with organizational and public ethics.  Some examples given.

Brief comments about leadership laws.  Personal ethics are not integrated with organizational and public ethics.  Examples limited.

Limited information posted about leadership law, personal, organizational, and public ethics.

UP to 2 Points


Your postings are well developed and answers provide clear evidence of critical thinking.

Your questions or observations add greater depth to the discussion by introducing new ideas.

 APA spelling, grammar, references, & Word formatting.  Fewer than 2 errors.

Your postings show some development and some critical thinking is evident in your answers.

 You questions and observations add to the discussion by expanding the ideas of others.

APA spelling, grammar, references, & Word formatting.  Fewer than 3 errors.

Your postings show nominal development and only the beginnings of critical thinking.

 Your contributions (questions or observations) do not clearly add to the discussion.

APA spelling, grammar, references, & Word formatting.  Fewer than 4.

Your postings show no development and are mostly a reiteration of what the textbook or others have said.

Your questions and observations detract from the discussion.


APA spelling, grammar, references, & Word formatting.  Five or more errors.

UP to 7 Points

UP to 5 Points

UP to 3 Points

0 Points


You respond to a minimum of two other classmates as well as all follow-up faculty questions. 

You are clearly collaborative by taking the initiative to respond to classmates’ questions, providing clarification, and insight on issues in the discussion. 

You respond to two classmates and some of the faculty follow-up questions. 

You are collaborative in some situations and show some initiative in workshop discussions.

You respond to two classmates but do not respond to faculty follow-up questions. 

You show little initiative in discussions and your presence is not collaborative.


You do not respond to the postings of others in the discussion. 

Total Points

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