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Courageous Leadership: The Ethical Behaviors

  • CPA (CA)
  • CFF
  • CFE
  • CIA
  • CMA
  • CPA (US)
  • IAP
  • QIAL
  • MAFF
  • CWS

Published: March, 2022

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Course Description


  • What courage really is!
    9 mins
  • How to reclaiming your courage
    21 mins
  • Courage / Fear duality
    34 mins
  • How to keep "stepping up" to display courageous leadership?
    46 mins
  • Recognized the distinctions between courage "Backers vs Busters"
    57 mins
  • Ethical behaviors that reflect courageous leadership
    79 mins

Course Description

Courageous leadership provides the impetus, knowledge and fortitude to solve problems at all levels and enhance organizational effectiveness and job performance. Courageous leadership is a state of mind. 

Especially during times of uncertainty, courage behaviors reflect ethical behaviors, such as 

  • Seeing yourself as a leader no matter your role or position, 
  • Confronting an uncomfortable truth/issue like admitting you made a bad hire or 
  • Not being afraid to take negative action. 

Thinking differently and being willing to challenge the status quo requires everyday courage. The fact is, today’s business climate makes it more important than ever for leaders to embrace everyday courage, but courageous leadership may not look like what you think.

Unfortunately, most people do not claim courage as one of the primary virtues they display at work. They mistakenly believe that courage is only relevant during particularly perilous times. When you identify the impediments to courageous leadership, you also find the solutions to the organization’s StuckThinking™ such as why many people are afraid to have a “courageous conversation.” 

The outcome based on the learned speaker’s research shows that courage is caged in the workplace. Empowering courage allows you to overcome obstacles like intimidation, self-doubt and uncertainty. While courage remains a “potential” for everyone, it becomes a “reality” for only those willing to pay the price which is why it is inherently scarce!

This online CPE webinar on Ethics will help you to recognize situations that require courageous leadership such as -

  • How to give yourself permission to be courageous
  • Confront uncomfortable truths
  • Speak without ambiguity
  • Transcend rejection 
  • Find new solutions during times of uncertainty by embracing your everyday courage. 

With over 25 years of original research Sandra Walston learned that there is a direct correlation between your success quotient and your courage quotient.

Learning Objectives

  • To explore true definition of courage
  • To discuss the concept of courageous leadership
  • To recognize hindrances to courageous leadership
  • To notice behaviors of lost courage
  • To detect the red flags that restrict courageous leadership

Recommended For

  • This Online CPE webinar on Ethics is recommended for CPA, CMA, CIA, CVA, ABV, IAP, QIAL, MAFF, CFF, CFE and other professionals who desire to take the courageous leadership steps towards the progress. 
  • This Online CPD webinar on Behavioral Ethics is recommended for CPAs in Canada who want to serve their clients with enhanced behavioral skills. 
  • This Online CPE webinar is also recommended for Business owners, managers, and Professionals at any level who desire to help the businesses they work with through courageous decision making.

Who Should Attend?

  • Accountant
  • Accounting Firm
  • Accounting Managers
  • Compliance and ethics managers
  • CPA (Industry)
  • CPA - Mid Size Firm
  • CPA - Small Firm
  • CPA in Business
  • Entrepreneurial CPA
  • Young CPA

Course Qualification

Webinar Qualifies For

  • 4 CPE Credit of Ethics (Behavioral) for Certified Public Accountants (CPA-US)
  • 4 CPD Credit for Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA Canada)
  • 4 CPD Credit for Certified Financial Forensics (CFF)
  • 4 CPE Credit for Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)
  • 4 CPE Credit for Certified Internal Auditors (CIA)
  • 4 CPE Credit for Certified Management Accountants (CMA)
  • 4 CPE Credit for Internal Audit Practitioner (IAP)
  • 4 CPE Credit for Qualification in Internal Audit Leadership (QIAL)
  • 4 CPE Credit for Master Analyst In Financial Forensics (MAFF)
  • 4 CE Credit for Certified Fiduciary & Investment Risk Specialist (CFIRS)
  • 4 CE Credit for Certified Wealth Strategist (CWS)
  • 4 General Credit for Accountant/Bookkeeper (ACCT./BK)

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About Presenter

Sandra Ford Walston

Owner, Sandra Ford Walston

Sandra Ford Walston, The Courage Expert is a human potential consultant who studies courage. Known as The Courage Expert, she is an international speaker and author, corporate trainer and behavioral coach. Sandra’s expertise allows her to focus on the tricks and traps of the human condition through recognizing and interpreting courage behaviors and courageous leadership styles. Featured on the speaker circuit as witty, provocative, concrete and insightful, she has sparked positive change in the lives of thousands of leaders each year. Sandra also provides skills-based programs for some of the most respected public and private blue-chip businesses and organizations in the world, such as IBM, Caterpillar, Inc., Institute of Internal Auditors, Hensel Phelps, Wide Open West, Agrium, Inc., Virginia Commonwealth University, Xanterra Parks & Resorts®, Procter and Gamble, Hitachi Consulting, US Bank, Healthcare Association of New York State, Institute of Management Accountants, and Delta Kappa Gamma International Society. The internationally published author of bestseller COURAGE The Heart and Spirit of Every Woman and an honored author selected for Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, Sandra facilitates individuals and groups to discover the power and inspiration of their everyday courage. The COURAGE Difference at Work: A Unique Success Guide for Women, Sandra’s follow-up book to COURAGE, is directed at any woman, regardless of title or credentials, who wishes to grow professionally by introducing courage actions at work. Her third book, FACE IT! 12 Courageous Actions that Bring Success at Work and Beyond confirms that what holds you back on the job is the same as what hinders achievement—the reluctance to face and live a courageous life. Sandra is published in magazines such as Chief Learning Officer, Training & Development, Accelerate, Malaysia, Real Simple, and Strategic Finance. Sandra is a certified Newfield coach and certified to administer and interpret the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® and the Enneagram. She also instructs at the University of Denver.

She can be reached at www.sandrawalston.com to sign up for her free monthly courage e-zine and where she posts a courage blog.

About Company

Sandra Ford Walston


Sandra Ford Walston is known as The Courage Expert. As an entrepreneur, keynote speaker, leadership consultant and certified coach she has presented courage programs in a variety of formats to topnotch organizations from the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Sandra has also taught for twenty-three years at the University of Denver “Real Leadership is Courageous: How to Discover Your Courage!” and continues to teach it off campus under Dr. Mark Vogel, President CPE4U. With over 25 years of original courage research that yielded three books on the subject, one attendee wrote,

“Thanks for opening my eyes to the world of courage! It’s exciting to work with you!"


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