How does leadership affect the public’s view of an organization? Just because we perceive some leaders to be ethical, do we see the organizations they lead as ethical and moral? Are there some fundamental characteristics, activities, or requirements that make a leader or an organization ethical? This course looks at the connection between leadership style and ethical failure. The course is undertaken by reviewing current scandals in large publicly held organizations through the review of investigative books. The goal of the course is to discover if there are key indicators that organizations can utilize to determine if their leadership is more likely to support, or derail, their ethical goals. To develop an ethical definition for the purposes of this research, an exploration of ethics is undertaken.