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CODIC: Kyle Payne, PhD on Ethical Followership

  • Saturday, May 11, 2024
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Benedictine University Goodwin Hall 416 and Zoom (See Final Reminder)


  • For regular and student members of CODIC

Registration is closed

Program Description:

When it comes to promoting ethical behavior in organizations, the concept of ethical leadership is deeply embedded in organizational development work. That is, if we want to maintain high ethical standards in an organization, we need leaders who are moral people and moral managers, and who model for followers how to conduct themselves. This approach is fine if we can count on every leader being ethical and if we consider leadership as something a leader does versus a phenomenon that is co-created. To enhance our practice, we need to understand the importance of ethical followership and consider how we might foster ethical followership within an organization. In this workshop, Dr. Kyle Payne will facilitate a set of discussions and activities to:

  • Help participants understand followership
  • Recognize the importance of leading and following to organizational performance
  • Identify opportunities to develop followership in an organization

Kyle is a strategic talent development leader with fifteen years of experience driving process improvement and behavior change through training, coaching, and consulting. He draws upon his experience managing quality in the structural steel industry – building high-quality structures that stand the test of time in any environment – to building high-performing and continually-improving teams. As a coach and facilitator, Kyle has established a strong reputation for fostering a safe and productive environment for participants to find clarity and direction on their own terms.

As a researcher of organizational behavior, Kyle focuses on unethical behavior at work and examines the behaviors of “ethical followers” who have the courage to resist unethical behavior and call into question unethical thinking. He has published and frequently gives talks on unethical behavior and other topics of concern to organizations. He serves on the Ethics & Professional Practice Committee for the Association for Materials Protection and Performance, and he has served as a volunteer exam developer for several professional associations.

Kyle lives in Chicago with his partner Sid and their two cats Queso and Fundido. Outside of work, you’re most likely to find him visiting the Field Museum or the Art Institute, walking along Lake Michigan, or cheering on the Chicago Sky.

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