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Leader Competence: Will it Be A Multiplier or a Divider?

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By Linda Fisher Thornton Ethical leadership competence is an issue that is gaining attention. Expectations of "good leadership" are increasing and leaders and organizations are scrambling to keep up. While sometimes people disagree about implementation, there is a strong consensus among scholars and research organizations that today's leadership requires broad, high level thinking.

Imperfectly Human

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By Linda Fisher Thornton We are all imperfectly human. We make mistakes. We do things that aren't responsible. Yes we ALL do things that aren't responsible at times. If you think you're exempt, let me ask you this. Complexity Ethical Organization 7 Lenses ethical leadership development leader development Leadership leadership development future

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Great Leaders Are Other-Focused

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By Linda Fisher Thornton There are many important roles leaders play. They are supporters, developers, guides, team builders, and imaginers. They are culture caretakers, roadblock removers and inspirers. Ethical Leader Ethical Thinking ethical culture ethical leader leadership development what is a leader

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What is Authentic Leadership?

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How Do We Define Authenticity in Leadership? Most people would agree that authentic leadership is a good thing. But what does it mean? What qualities do authentic leaders possess that set them apart from other leaders? Complexity Ethical Leader 7 Lenses CSR define ethical leadership developing ethical leaders dimensions of ethics proactive ethical leadership

9 Ethical Roles: Is Your Leadership Team “All In”

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By Linda Fisher Thornton I blogged a while back about the Critical Roles of the (Ethical) CEO. I realized later that these important ethical roles apply not just to CEOs, but also to all senior leaders in an organization. And if the leaders they manage don't carry these roles throughout the organization, there will be gaps in the culture. Context Ethical Leader Ethical Organization developing ethical leaders ethical business ethical leadership leadership roles leadership skills

Leaders, Don’t You Care? (9 Red Flags That Tell Employees You Don’t)

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By Linda Fisher Thornton One of the hallmark requirements of ethical leadership is that we CARE about people, about their success, and about creating a positive work environment. If leaders fail to demonstrate that they care, that harms the culture. The 9 behaviors below are red flags for employees - pointing out that a leader doesn't care. Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking ethical leadership context ethical leadership development leading ethically what is ethical leadership

5 Signs Your Culture is FAILING

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By Linda Fisher Thornton Building a positive ethical culture is a long-term process. It involves much more than just company trappings and perks - leaders must make a commitment to people and to creating a positive work space. When things seem to be going well, it's easy to miss signs that the culture may be off track. Complexity Context Ethical Organization 7 Lenses ethical business ethical leadership context ethics and CSR Leadership

Do Differences of Opinion Set Off Your Threat Detector?

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By Linda Fisher Thornton Differences of opinion can be inconvenient and uncomfortable. We may be in a discussion with someone who has very different views from ours, on a topic of great importance to us. How we handle it shows others the inner workings of our character. Complexity Ethical Leader Ethical Thinking 7 lenses of ethical leadership business ethics ethical leadership development global ethical leadership global ethics

The Future of Learning Isn’t About “Knowing”

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By Linda Fisher Thornton If we want to prepare leaders to handle complex challenges, we need to move beyond shallow approaches that focus on knowledge building. We need to help leaders learn to think deeply (beyond symptoms to complex, systemic causes) and broadly across disciplines as they work to meet the needs of multiple stakeholders. To accomplish this, the way we approach learning must change.

What is Ethical Thinking?

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By Linda Fisher Thornton Today I'm taking you inside the mind of the ethical leader to explore ethical thinking. Inside the Mind of an Ethical Leader “I make decisions based on values, not money pressures.” “I I need to constantly learn in order to stay ethical.”. Complexity Context Ethical Leader Ethical Thinking corporate social responsibility define ethical leadership ethical business leadership global leadership ethics what are leadership skills

Everyone is a Stakeholder at Some Level

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By Linda Fisher Thornton "Everyone is a stakeholder at some level, and all stakeholders are important. We should consider all stakeholders as we lead – those we serve, those we lead, the powerless, the silenced, the planet, and all of humanity." I shared this important statement in a previous post - it was an aha moment from a Tweetchat I guest-hosted on Leading With Ethics.

Reflections on Truth (Are You a Seeker?)

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By Linda Fisher Thornton Reflections on Truth We've heard the expressions "truth is in the eye of the beholder" and "the truth shall set you free." What is this truth that so many have spoken of? How do we find it? How does it relate to ethics? Ponder those questions as you explore this collection of quotes about truth. Complexity Context Ethical Thinking 7 Lenses ethical leadership ethical thinking Leadership learning truth values based leadership

11 Paths To Ethical Leadership Competence

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By Linda Fisher Thornton Developing competent ethical leaders is a huge challenge. Why is it so difficult? We live in a globally-connected society, and are expected to be globally-aware. We are dealing with catastrophic change and uncertainty. We fill roles in many different settings including in our organizations, industries and communities. Competence in all of these areas is not simple to achieve.

With Ethics PREVENTION is the Cure

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By Linda Fisher Thornton Have you heard the expression "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?" Eating healthy foods, exercising and getting enough sleep will help us prevent health problems. In the quest for good health, preventive habits make all the difference. It is generally easier for us to establish healthy habits than to resolve persistent problems once they start.

What is Positive Leadership?

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By Linda Fisher Thornton Positive leadership is a new term that is popping up regularly in articles. What does it mean? What kind of leadership do we describe as positive? Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking 7 Lenses ethical leadership ethical leadership development ethics and complexity what is ethical behavior

Which Values Are Ethical Values?

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By Linda Fisher Thornton My Applied Ethics students asked a great question that I want to answer in today's post: "Which Values Are Ethical Values?" Quick Overview Not all values are ethical values. Some values, such as efficiency, do not have an ethical component. Some ethical values involve qualities of an ethical self (such as honesty and integrity). Others describe positive and ethical behavior toward others, the environment and society.

12 Gifts of Leadership (Will You Give Them This Year?)

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By Linda Fisher Thornton How do we lead when we want to bring out the best in people? These 12 Gifts of Leadership are on the wish lists of employees around the world. They aren’t expensive. They don’t require dealing with the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping, and one size fits all. Sure, these gifts are harder to give […]. Ethical Leader 7 Lenses complexity ethical ethical awareness ethical leadership context ethics proactive ethics

Is Our Leadership “Good?”

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By Linda Fisher Thornton How will we know if our leadership is "good?" Since there are conflicting opinions about what good leaders do, we need an understanding of the context to answer this important question. Complexity Ethical Leader 7 lenses book complexity and leadership ethical business leadership good leadership

40 Ways to Build an Ethical Culture (An Ethical To Do List)

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By Linda Fisher Thornton Last week I blogged about 40 Ethical Culture Gaps to Avoid. This week, I''m sharing a ''What To Do" list of 40 Ways to Build an Ethical Culture. This list includes many ways to incorporate ethical values into daily organizational leadership. Each one of these 40 Ways to Build an Ethical Culture can improve an organization.

5 More Reasons to Pay Attention To Trust

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By Linda Fisher Thornton Trust is a hot topic and a valuable business enabler. The organizations that will adapt and succeed in the future make it a business priority. Here are five perspectives on the critical role trust building plays in the success of our organizations: Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Trends

What is Integrity? Beyond “I’ll Know It When I See It”

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By Linda Fisher Thornton During the recent 2014 NeuroLeadership Summit, Jamil Zaki (an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Stanford) talked about an interesting experiment the Stanford Neuroscience Lab did. The team took a large number of Fortune 100 statements of company values and generated a word cloud from them to see which word would appear most often. Which word was it? Integrity was the most frequently used word.

50 Ways To Lead For Trust (Part 1)

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By Linda Fisher Thornton This post is the first in a series on practical ways to lead that build trust. See how many of the first fifteen you incorporate regularly into your leadership: Ethical Leader Ethical Organization 7 Lenses ethical leadership behavior global leadership global leadership ethics leadership skills trust building

What Is Organizational Integrity?

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By Linda Fisher Thornton Individual integrity is the full alignment in what a person thinks, says and does. Taking that concept to another level, this post will explore the question "what is organizational integrity?" Clearly, organizational integrity is broader than individual integrity, but what does it include? Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking 7 Lenses ethical leadership ethical organization ethics what is ethical leadership

Leaders: Check Your Motivation, Your Authenticity and Your Ethics

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By Linda Fisher Thornton If we are leading others, we need to be asking the questions of leadership - about our motivation, our authenticity and our ethics. Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking 7 Lenses CSR ethical leadership ethics Leadership leadership development

9 Questions for Ethical Leaders in The New Year

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By Linda Fisher Thornton As we head into the New Year, use these questions to plan how you will transform your leadership, your workplace and your world. Ethical Leader Ethical Thinking 7 Lenses business ethics ethical competence ethical leadership dimensions leading ethically

Is Ethics a Body of Knowledge? (No! It’s a Process of Human Growth.)

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By Linda Fisher Thornton If you think ethical awareness is about knowledge and learning, think again. Knowledge and learning are only useful in ethics if we are open to receiving them, open to shifting our perspective, and open to changing our minds. Ethical Leader Ethical Thinking ethical business mindset ethical growth ethical leadership ethical learning ethics leadership development

Ethical Leadership: The “On Switch” For Adaptability

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By Linda Fisher Thornton The post "Leader Competence: Will It Be A Multiplier or Divider?" generated some great discussion on social media. Here's a quote from the post: "Leader competence is either going to be a multiplier or a divider. When you have it, you multiply performance and trust, with exponential results. Without it, you divide your possible results by the incompetence factor." After reading it, one reader requested that I write more on the topic.

Take Positive Action When You See Unethical Leadership

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By Linda Fisher Thornton While I specialize in positive, proactive ethical leadership, I frequently get asked questions about unethical leadership. In particular, readers ask about the damage that toxic leaders do in organizations and what situations and circumstances lead to ethical failures.

Where Is Ethical Leadership Found?

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By Linda Fisher Thornton While it may be convenient to think about ethical leadership as a task, a program, or a rule book, that's not where it lives. Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking ethical leadership ethics Leadership leadership awareness leadership growth

Building Trust: What to Weed Out

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By Linda Fisher Thornton I was weeding in the garden this week, and I discovered two new weeds that were taller than I was. I started thinking about how quickly things can get away from us, in the garden and in our organizations. There are things we must do to build a high trust workplace. But there are equally important things that we must prevent or weed out for trust to flourish.

Imagining The Future Of Leadership

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By Linda Fisher Thornton Learning At 2,400 Tweets Per Hour I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to co-host the live #LeadWithGiants Tweetchat with @DanVForbes on January 19, 2015. The topic was “The Future of Leadership,” and the live chat trended on Twitter at about 2,400 Tweets per hour. Many thanks to the #LeadWithGiants community members who […].

13 (Culture-Numbing) Side Effects of Toxic Leadership

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By Linda Fisher Thornton A reader commented on the post Can A Toxic Leader Be Ethical? Yes and No requesting more information about the organizational side-effects of toxic leadership. If you have ever worked for a toxic leader (myself included) you have already experienced the powerful negative side effects first-hand. When people are treated as "less than human," "less than capable" or as "pawns in a game" some extremely negative things happen in the organization that derail its success.

Ethical Leadership is a “Fear-Free” Zone

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By Linda Fisher Thornton Fear is insidious. It changes how we see the world and how we treat others. Here are 5 important reasons why fear has no place in our workplaces, our families or our communities: Complexity Context Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking 7 Lenses ethical leadership proactive leadership respecting differences respecting others

Ethics is Contagious

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By Linda Fisher Thornton I must admit that I can''t take the credit for coming up with the catchy title of this post. A group of attendees at a recent keynote I delivered came up with it as a way to describe what they had learned. And it makes perfect sense. Ethics is catching, and leaders set the tone for the ethics of the organization. What would happen if everyone in the organization followed our lead? Would the organization be more or less ethical?

4 Connected Trends Shaping the Future of Leadership

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By Linda Fisher Thornton Our understanding of good leadership is advancing. In this video, I describe 4 powerful trends that are increasing leadership expectations and shaping what leaders need to be prepared to handle in the future. By Linda Fisher Thornton Our understanding of good leadership is advancing. In this video, I describe 4 powerful trends that are increasing leadership expectations and shaping what leaders will need to be ready to handle in the future.

Ethical and Unethical Sales Leadership: What’s The Difference?

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By Linda Fisher Thornton Unfriendly Sales Techniques. Times are still tight for consumers and salespeople are concerned about their jobs. It seems that is more tempting now than it would be in a booming economy to use high-pressure tactics or other unfriendly approaches in order to get business. And pushy, unfriendly sales techniques stand out even more in difficult economic times. Customers will go out of their way to avoid companies that use them.

16 Trends Shaping the Future of Ethical Leadership

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By Linda Fisher Thornton I speak and write about the future of the ethical leadership, and how leaders and organizations can prepare for it. Today, I want to share with you the picture of the future that I see, based on a powerful movement toward positive, proactive ethical leadership. As a global community, we are increasingly aware of the impact of our choices on others. We are more aware of our human connection and our responsibilities to one another.

How Does Struggle Shape Us as Leaders?

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By Linda Fisher Thornton On the journey to ethical leadership, we all struggle. We struggle to make ethical choices when there are multiple stakeholders to consider. We struggle to balance competing interests, high expectations, information overload and overbooked schedules. We struggle to be at our best in difficult circumstances. Ethical Leader Ethical Thinking 7 lenses book ethical ethical leadership ethics Leadership leadership development positive ethics

Are You Squeezing Every Drop Out of Your Talent?

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By Linda Fisher Thornton You may have been thinking that this post was going to be about how to get your people to do more and to achieve more. It is about that, but not in the way you might think. In my experience, when the leader improves, everybody can do more. Bear with me as I describe for you how you can get the most out of your people by squeezing every drop out of YOUR OWN talent and potential.

Got Ethics? Are You Positive?

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In spite of all the bad news you see in the media about ethics, we don''t build ethical cultures by focusing on the negative. Let''s face it - thinking about fraud, embezzlement and conflict of interest won''t make us better leaders. But that''s what many of us are focusing on in our organizations. Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Trends ethical leadership ethics training positive ethical leadership proactive ethical leadership what is ethics