On Saturday March 24, Dr. Tony Feghali introduced “Bicharaf”, the ethical leadership program, to students coming from diverse universities. In the workshop, he discussed many aspects of an ethical leadership program, such as women as ethical leaders, ethics in technology, and ethical leadership. The latter was one of his subject matters in which he highlighted the importance of ethics in leadership and decision making with its appropriate steps.
The presentation started with a debate in which many ideas concerning ethical leadership were developed. It was argued whether a leader should be ethical or not. Many attendees gave examples of famous people who were great leaders but did not follow an ethical leadership, such as Hitler. However, they all came to the conclusion that ethics in leadership is enormously important because they implement the values and morals in the working place, among other environments. In addition, they are always applied in the decision making process since they reflect responsibility and credibility, and most importantly, they help build trust.
Dr. Feghali then exposed his students to several quotes related to the theme. The attendees then analyzed the quotations and wrote their respective responses. One of the quotations was: “Ask the experienced rather than the learned,” -Arab proverb; as a result, it was revealed how crucial it is for someone to be transparent, to know his problems, and to learn from the experienced. Furthermore, three steps were examined concerning ethical decision making in the workplace: defining the problem and its alternatives, evaluating those alternatives, and finally, making the decision.
In addition, a social media session with Mr. Itani was held in order to enlighten the students on social media in our everyday life and its influence. Mr. Itani highlighted the importance of Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIN, since they represent the most frequently used social networking engines. Furthermore, the students, who were divided into groups according to their respective universities, were asked to compete in a fun competition that promoted the influence of social media in spreading Bicharaf’s mission of academic integrity. The contest required each University to open a Bicharaf group page, post some news and events concerning Bicharaf, form an appealing logo and invite as many friends as they can, all within a time frame of an hour or so. The results were promising and the students were eager to improve their group page for the next workshop.