Governance, Leadership and Ethics

Students who will thrive in Huron's new Major in Governance, Leadership & Ethics (GLE) recognize we live and work in an increasingly complex, interdependent and uncertain world. They understand, or are to determined to understand, the need for new decision-making models and the influences of different leadership styles. They are keen to participate in civic affairs and contribute to the well-being of their local and global communities.

GLE is designed to help students fully grasp the challenges of contemporary governance and develop the know-how for leadership that is inclusive, accountable and effective. The goal of GLE is to develop Leaders with Heart who are able to meet the growing demand for ethical and transformative leadership in the private, public and non-profit sectors.

Governance, Leadership & Ethics (GLE) Brochure


Leaders with Heart need to know how to conduct their teams and themselves in ways that protect and promote positive values. There are huge differences between people in positions of power who take it, rather than earning the admiration and cooperation of their follows. Learn how Governance, Leadership & Ethics has helped Huron graduates to lead others more successfully toward their goals - in community, corporate, government and other various sectors.

If you want to Lead with Heart like these strategic individuals, considering studying within this program to refine your understanding of how to motivate others in ways that command respect.

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Program Options

Governance, Leadership & Ethics is a specialized major offered at Huron. In addition to newly developed courses that focus specifically on Governance and Leadership, GLE is a multi-disciplinary program that brings together relevant courses in:

  • Political Science
  • Management & Organizational Studies
  • History
  • Philosophy 

Additionally, GLE students will be engaged in unique experiential learning and research opportunities. 

Honors Specialization

Huron's GLE Major integrates teaching, research and community-based learning (CBL) into the analysis of organizational behaviour, civic engagement and social responsibility in decision making.

Students majoring in GLE are required to take three courses:

- Governance
- Introduction to Ethics and Value Theory
- Leadership

After successfully completing these courses, they may choose from selected courses from three groupings:

- The Governance Group
- The Leadership Group
- The Ethics Group

Learn more about the Governance, Leadership & Ethics major.


You know professors are dedicated to their students' learning when faculty members across multiple departments come together to create a unique interdisciplinary learning experience that intersects a wide variety of programs, while also incorporating intensive research and community engagement opportunities.

During your pursuit of a Governance, Leadership & Ethics specialization, you will work with a faculty advisor to develop individual research-learning opportunities and connect with community-based and professional organizations for experiences where theory meets practice. 

Learn more about professors who are going to help you fully grasp the ever-changing challenges facing our world's Leaders - within and beyond the classroom.

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    Neil Bradford, PhD
    Chair, Political Science
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    Bill Irwin, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Management and Organizational Studies & Governance, Leadership and Ethics
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Governance, Leadership and Ethics Course Intro

Huron's new Major in Governance, Leadership & Ethics (GLE) is designed to fully grasp the challenges of contemporary governance and develop the know-how for leadership that is inclusive, accountable and effective. The goal of GLE is to develop students who are able to meet the growing demand for ethical and transformative Leadership with Heart in the private, public and non-profit sectors. 


Introduces students to the theories and models of contemporary governance and explores their implementation in organizational settings across the public, private and community sectors.

GLE 2001F - Introduction to Governance Bradford View course outline



Introduces students to principled leadership as a foundation for decision making and evaluation, taking into account power, influence, follower-ship, roles and citizenship. 

GLE 2003G - Introduction to Leadership Irwin View course outline


The Capstone Course (4th year)

Offers students a range of opportunities to integrate and develop their learning experiences, including a thesis, major research papers, reading course or a community-based consultancy with a written report. 

Governance, Leadership and Ethics Careers

Graduates from Huron's GLE program will be prepared for leadership roles in government, business and the non-profit sector. GLE graduates will also be prepared to pursue advanced study in graduate studies in the social sciences or at professional schools in business or law.

Where will a degree in Governance, Leadership and Ethics take you?
  • Civil service
  • Government/International agency advisors
  • Policy researchers/consultants
  • Journalism
  • Media
  • Film
  • Business
  • Advocates/Volunteers in community organizations

Find a Mentor

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Key Contacts

Geoff Read, PhD

Dean, Arts and Social Sciences & Associate Professor, History
519.438.7224 ext. 222

Neil Bradford, PhD

Chair, Political Science
519.438.7224 ext. 333

Sherry Wells-Foster, MA

Coordinator, Dean's Office
519.438.7224 ext. 281

8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.                  Monday - Friday