Ethical Business Leadership: A Simulation to Develop Value-Driven Mission Statements


  • V. Ann Paulins Ohio University
  • Julie L. Hillery University of New Mexico
  • Aaron Sturgill Ohio University


A classroom module has been developed that simulates a team-oriented development of value-driven mission statements; the underlying purpose is to provide a forum for students to develop ethical leadership strategies. Students who are exploring entrepreneurship, or who anticipate holding leadership positions within businesses and organizations benefit from the process of reflecting upon core personal values as well as communicating and negotiating with classmates to determine a set of shared core values. These shared values are incorporated into a process of constructing a shared mission statement that is then applied as a tool for reference for decision-making opportunities. The outcome of the module not only develops a value-driven mission statement (task), but also empowers students with reflection strategies and foundational tools for classroom cases and future leadership and management decisions.