Vincent Fairfax Fellowship™


Moral Courage, Leadership Excellence

It takes more than intelligence to be a great leader. Leaders use their intelligence to grow a business profitably. But today's business leaders are expected to achieve more than profits. Customers and shareholders want businesses and their leaders to uphold the social contract and be trustworthy corporate citizens.

"Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in a battle or great intelligence." John F. Kennedy

Build Trust with Customers, Employees and Shareholders

The Vincent Fairfax Fellowship is a community of 20 like-minded senior leaders. Fellows participate in a one-year educational program which focuses on harnessing their moral courage and building leadership excellence. But it is not all talk. Participants work on a real life ethical dilemma they are grappling with at work and develop a plan to embed their learning and address the issue.

Business leaders today are operating in an environment of unprecedented change.  Multiple forces are at play simultaneously, all driving a level of disruption that is challenging many long proven business practices.  Leaders today need to be able to thrive with uncertainty and an ever-changing commercial landscape. Many of these challenges have an ethical dimension that often goes unnoticed until “a crisis” erupts and the leader is fighting to preserve his or her integrity and the integrity and value of the firm.

The Vincent Fairfax Fellowship™ anchors leaders in a moral decision framework and coaches for the development of moral reasoning skills and leadership capabilities, applicable in the most dynamic, disruptive and complex business challenges.


"The Vincent Fairfax Fellowship has given me exposure to different industries and helped broaden and challenge my thinking. The practical nature of the course challenges you to tackle issues from different ethical stand points which gives invaluable insight in to influencing outcomes and enacting change." Bernie Wise, Senior Manager - Complaints, TAL



Learning Outcomes

The Vincent Fairfax Fellowship teaches you to be a courageous leader who inspires great performance. Ethical leaders engage and influence other people to act in an ethical manner in their daily lives, at work, in their communities, in their family roles, and as citizens. The process of developing moral reasoning and ethical leadership capabilities progresses through four stages of learning in an innovative program structure:

  • Understanding – Ability to talk about ethics in your own terms and explain that knowledge to others.
  • Problem Solving – Ability to use moral reasoning to solve static problems, such as those that might be presented in the form of an ethical dilemma or value based decision.
  • Social Application – Ability to use moral reasoning and values in the management of dynamic problems including multiple stakeholders, lags and feedback effects that change the scope and understanding of the problem over time.
  • Ethical Leadership – Ability to engage and influence others in their understanding and application of moral reasoning and values in the solution of complex, dynamic ethics problems. Includes the design, implementation and ongoing management of structures, systems, processes and culture.


Vincent-Fairfax-Fellow-Chris-Smyth"The Vincent Fairfax Fellowship gave me the moral reasoning skills to be a more capable leader and to make better, more thoroughly-reasoned decisions in complex and disruptive environments. I recommend this remarkable program to any senior executive." Chris Smyth, Director, Inflighto



Further information


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