Our leaders must aspire to more than just excellence.

That’s the thinking that created the Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to strengthening wise and courageous leadership.

We draw on more than two millennia of philosophical thinking to foster in-depth, practical discussions that sharpen critical reasoning and strengthen moral courage. Since our formation more than 25 years ago, we’ve seen thousands of senior-level people across business, community and government benefit from our rigorous programs.

Leadership requires courage. By understanding the fundamental philosophies that underpin our society, today’s leaders can learn to critically examine the ethical impact of their actions – so they can help build a better society together.

Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership is Monash University, The Myer Foundation and Vincent Fairfax Ethics in Leadership Foundation working in partnership.

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We don’t teach leadership skills. Instead, we help leaders apply the skills they already have more wisely – by building clarity of purpose and ethical courage.

Cranlana Centre's programs are a deep dive into the practice of ethical decision-making. Drawing on a rich history of philosophical wisdom, they encourage fresh and considered approaches to challenges – offering insights that, for many participants, will fundamentally transform their concept of leadership.

Our courses are dialogue-based and immersive, bringing small groups of high-level leaders together for discussions that are wide-ranging and expertly guided. By relating philosophical concepts directly to experiences and challenges you’ve encountered, participants examine and strengthen their personal ethical frameworks, giving themselves a solid footing for steering future decision-making.

Our experienced moderators draw on a deep understanding of philosophical theory, and their own distinguished careers across the private and public sectors, to facilitate discussions that are revelatory and challenging.

The programs are rigorous, in-depth and practical, providing high-level learning experiences and understanding to strengthen your capabilities as an effective and ethical leader.

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Programs

We offer a variety of leadership programs, covering different topics, sectors and levels of immersion.

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The Colloquium

An intensive six-day course for senior-level leaders to fundamentally transform their leadership.

Executive Ethics

Created for senior leaders, this two-day program is an interactive masterclass in practical ethical leadership.

Vincent Fairfax Fellowship

A year-long fellowship for senior executives looking to put ethical change into action within their organisations.

Short and Custom Programs

Two-day seminars on specific industries, and custom programs designed for organisations looking to strengthen their ethical focus.

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Equity In Our Health System

Professor Roianne West is on a mission to achieve equity in our health system. In this article from Hospital and Healthcare Magazine Roianne, winner of the 2020 Lowitja Institute Cranlana Award, talks about the immense task of unravelling racism in Australia’s complex health system.

via Hospital and Healthcare Magazine, 16 October 2020

climate change

Putting The Heat On Polluting Businesses

Investment giant BlackRock sent tremors through corporate board rooms last week when it backed a resolution that would have required Australia’s biggest electricity provider, AGL, to close its coal-fired power plants earlier than planned. In the absence of coherent government policy or a price on carbon, the best hope for effective action may come from enlightened business decisions, and Australia’s collective retirement savings — now nudging $3 trillion — give fund managers huge leverage.

via Inside Story, 13 October 2020

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Is a $213 Billion Budget Deficit Unethical?

In this piece for Inside Story Cranlana’s Lead Moderator Peter Mares explore the ethics of the federal budget, and says the government needs to do more to share the risk.

Is the current taxpaying generation behaving unethically by allowing the government to amass a $213 billion deficit to inject life into the economy, and leaving others to pick up the tab?

In reality, the government had little choice but to spend on a vast scale. What might make that spending more or less ethical in intergenerational terms will depend at least partly on the effectiveness of the budget measures according to the government’s job-creation goals.

via Inside Story, 7 October 2020

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Alumni

Over more than two decades, thousands of senior-level Australian leaders have taken part in our ethical leadership programs, sharpening their critical thinking and honing their ethical decision-making skills.

24 Apr 2021

Saturday Session, Online – Saturday 24 April

06 – 11 May 2021

Executive Ethics Online (May 2021)

10 – 19 May 2021

Public Sector Leaders Colloquium – Emerging

22 May 2021

Saturday Session, Online – Saturday 22 May

19 Jun 2021

Saturday Session, Online – Saturday 19 June

30 Jun 2021

Vincent Fairfax Fellowship – 2021

17 Jul 2021

Saturday Session, Online – Saturday 17 July

28 – 29 Jul 2021

Executive Ethics (July 2021)

09 – 18 Aug 2021

Public Sector Leaders Colloquium – Senior

14 Aug 2021

Saturday Session, Online – Saturday 14 August

Staff

Cranlana Centre brings more than a half-century of combined leadership experience to bear in cultivating an ethical focus among Australia’s leaders.

Contact

If you would like to obtain further information about the activities of the Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership, feel free to contact us or fill out an enquiry form.

Acknowledgement of Country

Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership respectfully acknowledges the traditional owners and First People of this land. As we work to develop the ethical capacity of leaders we celebrate the history, leadership and wisdom of the world’s oldest living culture and pay respect to its elders – past, present and future.