Executive Ethics

Leadership & Influence

Executive Ethics

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A deep dive into ethical leadership designed to help you build better organisations

Ethical leadership is hard. How do you make the right decision when you face competing interests, conflicting advice, partial information and tight deadlines? What if doing the right thing is bad for the bottom line in the short-term or damages your career prospects?

Featuring in-depth discussions and practical skill development, Executive Ethics is a substantive online program on how you can strengthen your organisation's ethical leadership.

What you'll learn

By their very nature, ethical issues present no easy answers – but this program provides essential know-how to help executives approach them with confidence and clarity. As a participant of this program you will:

  • Develop practical tools for ethical leadership
  • Sharpen your understanding of how organisational structures influence ethics in practice
  • Strengthen your capacity to make ethical judgement in unforeseen and challenging situations
  • Expand your knowledge of key philosophical frameworks
  • Investigate aspects of moral psychology, such as cognitive bias, ethical fading, moral disengagement and groupthink
  • Develop deep connections with a support network of trusted senior leaders
  • Build your capacity for moral courage

How you'll learn

The online program consists of immersive live conversations with two expert moderators, held under the Chatham House Rule, and a cohort of no more than 20 other experienced leaders. Sessions are scheduled in 90-minute blocks in the morning and afternoon, to give you time during the day to deal with other priorities and counter ‘Zoom-fatigue’.

This online iteration of the two-day face-to-face program retains the essence of the Cranlana approach - shared inquiry and moderated discussion – and delivers the same outcomes.


Who should attend

The Cranlana Executive Ethics Program is suited to Senior Leaders in all sectors of the Australian workforce.

Date and time commitment

8 – 9 March 2023, Melbourne (2 days face-to-face)

3 – 4 May 2023, Melbourne (2 days face-to-face)

1 – 2 June and 5 – 6 June 2023, Online (4 half days)

6 – 7 September 2023, Melbourne (2 days face-to-face)

4 – 5 October 2023, Sydney (2 days face-to-face)

Program fees

$2,600 face-to-face

$2,400 online


Peter Mares

Program Lead

Peter Mares has been working with Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership since 2013. Peter has a background in journalism and public policy research and is the author of three books: No Place Like Home: Repairing Australia’s Housing Crisis (Text, 2018); Not Quite Australian: how temporary migration is changing the nation (Text, 2016) and Borderline (UNSW Press 2001), an award-winning analysis of Australia’s approach to refugees and asylum seekers.

Peter spent 25 years as a broadcaster with the ABC, mostly with Radio National. During that time, he served as a foreign correspondent based in Hanoi and presented national radio programs, including the daily current affairs show, Asia Pacific, and the weekly public policy discussion program, The National Interest.

Peter is a regular contributor to Inside Story magazine and an adjunct fellow at the Centre for Urban Transitions at Swinburne University.