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Power, Influence, and Ethics

Total Credits: 2 including 2 Behavioral Ethics - Non-technical

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ACPEN Industry Institute |  Ethics |  Industry
Diane D. White, MBA, CPA, CMA
Course Levels:
2 Hours
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Powerful people can choose to undermine or elevate morality in their sphere of influence and authority. Why do some succumb to the dark side of power?

This updated course explores the complex relationship between power and morality in our own times. It illustrates enduring ethical principles through recent examples of prominent leaders who rationalized or ignored their abuses of power and disrespected fundamental ethics. This session uses findings from modern science to explain why and how power heightens self-focus and indulges unethical tendencies. It also demonstrates how the universal law of reciprocity guarantees a countering desire and effort to exact consequences from offenders.

Whether you aspire to be influential or already possess authority, understanding the insidious side of power and influence can help you walk the tightrope of leadership accountability without falling into an abyss of consequences.

Basic Course Information

Learning Objectives
  • Understand the origin and two major types of power and influence
  • Appreciate why power is always an enemy of ethics
  • Acknowledge the scientific side of power
  • Find strengths for personal power and positive impact
  • See how moral courage and humility create ethical power

Major Subjects
  • The two sides of leadership
  • Practices that build and destroy an organization’s value and spirit
  • Toxic leader characteristics
  • Four sources of leadership power
  • Push vs. pull leadership styles
  • Six 'Rules of Influence' that cause one person to say 'yes' to another person
  • Ways to defend ourselves against toxic leaders
  • How to use corporate politics to our advantage and still do the right thing

Course Materials


Diane D. White, MBA, CPA, CMA Related Seminars and Products

Diane D. WhiteMBA, CPA, CMA, is a finance and accounting executive with 39 years of control and business leadership expertise in both large and small for-profit and non-profit corporations.  She served several Fortune 50 corporations as Division Controller for 25 years before becoming a CFO for nonprofits and small businesses.  Diane recently retired as CFO of Workforce Resource, a nationwide mortgage finance service provider.  She and her husband Jim reside in Beaufort, SC where she enjoys volunteer work, teaching, consulting, writing, and a wide array of Lowcountry outdoor pleasures.


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Additional Info

Basic Course Information

Advanced Preparation None
Prerequisites Some management experience helpful
Course Developer Executive Education, Inc.
Designed For Corporate financial professionals
Yellow Book No
Original Recording Date 10/2021
Date Added to Catalog 10/06/2021

Additional Information

Instructional Delivery Method Group Internet Based
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Overall:      4.6

Total Reviews: 84


Jeanne S

"Really enjoyed this course, more ethics courses like this would be great. Thanks!"

Cynthia R

"Discussion was ok, examples were good and comparisons were good."

Theresa A

"Excellent. Really liked her approach to the topic and the material she presented."

Janet H

"Really enjoyed this speaker. She included great examples in the presentation."

Jeff J - Middleton, Wisconsin

"Good program. Using real-life examples was helpful as was discussing the science behind emotional responses."

Lisa B

"Appreciated the interaction and discussion of Diane and Mario as opposed to just having instructor alone on webinar"

Brian K

"Thanks for updating this to include all the 2020 and 2021 examples."

Amy V

"I really liked this course-- timely examples, well organized, well spoken. Thanks!"

Anne H

"Interesting and thought provoking. Thank you!"