This webinar will explore some of the reasons why ethical failures occur and, just as importantly, what practical steps leaders at every level in organisation can take to prevent them.

We will explore the main reasons ethical failures occur, looking at everything ranging from psychological causes to the way that our environment shapes the way we see the world around us. Through examining various psychological case studies, we can understand, for example, how the power of the situation can lead an otherwise ethical person to make unethical decisions. In extreme situations, we will see how people can believe they are doing the right thing even while knowingly doing harm to another person.

On the other side, we will explore how nurturing the right organisational environment can foster and promote good behaviour at both an individual and organisational level. We will also look specifically at various strategies that leaders in organisations can adopt and the organisational safeguards that can be implemented to support this.


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Wednesday 7 August, 1:30pm – 3:30pm


Members: £60 + VAT
Non-Members: £70 + VAT

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About the Trainer

Dr David Whetham is Professor of Ethics and the Military Profession at the Defence Studies Department of King’s College London, based at the UK Defence Academy where he coordinates or delivers the military ethics component of courses for between two and three thousand British and international officers a year. He has been a Visiting Fellow at the Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership, Annapolis (2011), and with the Centre for Defence Leadership and Ethics at the Australian Defence College in Canberra (2009).

He is currently a PLuS Alliance Fellow, coordinating research activities with King’s strategic partners at the University of New South Wales and Arizona State University, a Professorial Fellow at UNSW Canberra, and was appointed as the Jeffrey Grey Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Australian Defence College in 2023. David is Vice President of the European Chapter of the International Society for Military Ethics (Euro ISME) which holds an annual conference for military practitioners, academics and defence policy-makers.

In 2020, David was appointed as an Assistant Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force in order to contribute to the Afghanistan Inquiry into allegations of war crimes committed by Special Forces personnel. His contribution was published as an annex to the Brereton Report in November 2020, with all of the recommendations being accepted by the Chief of the General Staff and Prime Minister. He currently sits on the UK Defence Medical Services Ethics Committee, the UK MoD AI Ethics Panel, the 77X Ethics Advisory Panel, and the Australian Defence Force’s International Standing Panel of Experts in Ethics.


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