Do Ethics Really Make You a Better Leader in Business?

Leading Blog

However, very few companies educate leaders about ethics and encourage leaders to discuss ethics with their teams. Ethics are usually an afterthought, taken seriously only after an event that causes a business or team to fall apart. Ethics prize the principle of truthfulness.

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Which Values Are Ethical Values?

Leading in Context

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.

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Ethical Leadership Interview on Culture Hacker Podcast

Leading in Context

By Linda Fisher Thornton I am delighted that Shane Green, author of Culture Hacker, invited me to be a guest on his podcast to talk about ethical leadership and culture. As leaders, it's our job to make it an engaging, ethical, high-trust environment where people can do the very best work of their lives. Complexity Context Ethical Leader Ethical Organization culture building ethical brand value ethical business culture ethical culture what is ethical leadership

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Why Ethics are Essential for a Strong Team Culture

Strategy Driven

However, what has been largely overlooked by many business leaders is the essential foundation for a culture that sustains and thrives: Ethics. An understanding and common ethical language is missing for many organizations. Ethics as the Essential Foundation. Ethics in Practice.

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Mindset or Competency: Which is More Important?

Leading in Context

To be effective, the leader’s thinking must be equal or superior to the complexity of the environment." An "Un-Fixed" MindsetThe environment is constantly changing and increasing in complexity. Complexity Context Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking Trends ethical competence ethical leadership ethical mindset ethical thinking mindset versus competency The 7 Lenses of Ethical Leadership

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Ready To Change the Ethics Quo (For Good)? – Part 1

Leading in Context

They struggle to deal with uncertainty and complexity and sometimes the most ethical choices are not obvious. In this kind of environment, we can't assume that things are going well even when there are no lawsuits or imminent ethical crises. What we need to do is build an ethical workplace that will discourage ethical problems. This week the focus is on Ways to Improve Accountability For Ethics.

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Ready To Change the Ethics Quo (For Good)? – Part 1

Leading in Context

They struggle to deal with uncertainty and complexity and sometimes the most ethical choices are not obvious. In this kind of environment, we can't assume that things are going well even when there are no lawsuits or imminent ethical crises. What we need to do is build an ethical workplace that will discourage ethical problems. This week the focus is on Ways to Improve Accountability For Ethics.

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3 Steps For Dusting Off Your Leadership in the New Year

Leading in Context

The intense, conflicted global environment we face is formidable. Complexity Context Ethical Leader Ethical Thinking 7 lenses of ethical leadership coherent ethics ethical leadership development ethical thinking holistic ethics practical ethical leadershipBy Linda Fisher Thornton When we start a New Year, it's is a wonderful time to take stock of our leadership. Sitting still won't keep our leadership up to the task.

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Curiosity and Imagination Necessary Ingredients in Ethical Business

Leading in Context

What happens in business environments where curiosity and imagination flourish? How are curiosity and imagination related to ethics and business leadership? How are curiosity and imagination important in today's business environment? Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking ethical ethics leadership development leading ethically

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Weekly Round-Up: Ethical Leadership Matters, Communicating vs. Communications, Inclusive Environments for LGBTQ Employees, Benefits of Empathic Leadership, & Internal Comms During Mergers


Five Reasons Why Being An Ethical Leader Matters By Terri Klass ( @ TerriKlass ) “During a conversation this past week with a sales rep, the importance of following ethical practices came up. Welcome to my weekly round-up of the best-of-the-best recent leadership and communication blog posts. It has become very difficult in many industries to have face-to-face time with the real decision makers, which is causing sales people to be in a quandary.

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

Leading in Context

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. Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking ethical leadership context ethical leadership development leading ethically what is ethical leadership

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What is Meaningful Leadership? (Part 3)

Leading in Context

By Linda Fisher Thornton In Part 1 of this series we looked at how leaders generate meaningful environments where others can thrive. Ethical Leader Ethical Organization 7 Lenses ethical leader ethical leadership development ethical leadership model ethics LeadershipIn Part 2 we explored a leader's own quest for authenticity. In Part 3 we'll look at the role of powerful conversations and a focus on collective success.

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The Advisor’s Corner – Can Ethics Be Learned?

Strategy Driven

Question : Can you teach ethics, or are we ‘hard wired’ and born with or without ethics? YES you can teach the principles and importance of ethics. YES , you can model the ethics you expect within your culture.

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What is Meaningful Leadership? (Part 4)

Leading in Context

Seeking the Truth & Excavating Grey Areas Using Ethical Values In Part 1 of this series we looked at how leaders generate meaningful environments where others can thrive. In Part 4, we'll examine how meaningful leadership requires truth-seeking based on ethical values. . Ethical Leader Ethical Organization 7 Lenses ethical business ethical business leadership ethical perspectives holistic ethics Leadership leadership development

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How Do We Achieve Corporate Integrity?

Leading in Context

We need to have clear expectations for what ethical leadership looks like in our organization; we need a congruent system for managing ethics that sends a consistent message; and we need a clear message about what taking responsibility for ethics really means to us. There is an ethics trend away from a "push" mentality when it comes to learning about ethics (making people do it) to a "pull" mentality (making it positive so that people will want to do it).

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What is Meaningful Leadership? (Part 5)

Leading in Context

Making a Difference By Building a Better Society For the Future In Part 1 of this series we looked at how leaders generate meaningful environments where others can thrive. In Part 4, we examined how meaningful leadership requires truth-seeking based on ethical values. Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking complexity and leadership ethical leader ethical leadership development ethics positive leadership Responsible Leadership

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Ethical Viewpoints & Environmental Investments: Helping Your Business Profit Emotionally (Without Wasting Profit)

Strategy Driven

With this in mind, are there any ways for us to embody a more ethical outlook while also keeping our finances down? The best place to begin is by looking at your business and how compliant it is from an ethical standpoint. Some are sick to the teeth of rules and regulations, especially when it comes to the environment and carbon footprint, but we still need to push forward with this.

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13 (Culture-Numbing) Side Effects of Toxic Leadership

Leading in Context

By Linda Fisher Thornton A reader commented on the post Can A Toxic Leader Be Ethical? Withholding information to preserve power creates an environment of suspicion. Complexity Ethical Leader Ethical Organization 7 Lenses business ethics business ethics blogs leading ethically in organizations what is ethical leadership Yes and No requesting more information about the organizational side-effects of toxic leadership.

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Leading in a Systems World

Leading in Context

The choices that we make may impact people, communities, the environment and society for generations. Ethical Leader Ethical Thinking ethical leadership leading ethically what is ethical leadership what is leadership By Linda Fisher Thornton The impact of our leadership decisions is felt far beyond the spaces where we work.

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10 Reasons to Embrace Complexity

Leading in Context

Leading Through Complexity and Uncertainty In The Center For Creative Leadership's White Paper, The Future of Leadership Development, Nick Petrie describes the new work environment as "typified by an increased level of complexity and interconnectedness." This new work environment requires new leadership skills, including a willingness to lead when the situation is complex and the outcome uncertain.

Being an Ethical Business in a Corrupt Environment

Harvard Business Review

Most business leaders hesitate to take a firm stand against corruption , even in environments where it is widespread. Our research in Egypt , Zimbabwe , and India shows that organizations should view the prospect of building a strong ethical reputation in such environments as an opportunity, and consider the costs of resisting corruption as an investment in building such a reputation. Ethics Can Be a Differentiator. Resisting Corruption in Corrupt Environments.

5 Suggestions When You Find Yourself in a Miserable Work Environment

Ron Edmondson

Why spend 40 years in a miserable environment? Here are 5 suggestions when a work environment is miserable: Soak up all you can. Can Non-Profit Work Encourage a Poor Work Ethic? Are You in a Controlling Environment?

Don’t Ever Use Ethics To Argue For a Business Decision

The Idolbuster

Chapter 9: Paint Your Environment. One side said that excess packaging is bad for the environment and costly to the public. If your company must decide between doing the right thing (A), or doing the wrong but less expensive thing (B), the worst thing you can do is to argue for “A” based on ethics. Whatever you do, don’t EVER bring up an ethical justification for A, not even as a fourth bullet point.

If Organizational Ethics is a Kingdom-of-Ends. Why are we treating employees as means?

Mike Cardus

Immanuel Kant in his ‘Kingdom of Ends’ formulation supplies a good foundation of thought and actions (which Kant calls duties), in creating this workplace environment. What can you do, today to treat people in a more fair and ethical manner?

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Leadership and…the Cascade Stress Effect

Leading in Context

We create an environment of toxic stress that harms people and the organization. Ethical Organization ethical business ethical issues ethics ethics training leadership development leadership training

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Lessons from the Costa Concordia: A Case For Company Values

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

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Why Ethical People Make Unethical Choices

Harvard Business Review

Most companies have ethics and compliance policies that get reviewed and signed annually by all employees. “Employees are charged with conducting their business affairs in accordance with the highest ethical standards,” reads one such example. Clearly it takes more than a compliance policy or Values Statement to sustain a truly ethical workplace. Corporate ethical failures have become painfully common, and they aren’t cheap.

Don’t Try to Be the “Fun Boss” — and Other Lessons in Ethical Leadership

Harvard Business Review

We collected personality data and supervisor ratings of ethical behavior (e.g., We combined data across these 30 independent studies to examine the relationship between personality and ethical leadership across a range of different settings and situations. Creating an Ethical Workplace.

Talking About Ethics Across Cultures

Harvard Business Review

A few years ago, I was teaching a two-day program about ethics in India for entrepreneurs and business faculty who taught entrepreneurship. It was a program that I had spent years honing, building upon research that suggests rehearsing — pre-scripting, practicing voice, and peer coaching — is an effective way to build the moral muscle memory, competence, confidence, and habit to act ethically. Ethics. Creating an Ethical Workplace. Ethics. Ethics.

What You Can Do to Improve Ethics at Your Company

Harvard Business Review

It’s hard for good, ethical people to imagine how these meltdowns could possibly happen. many of us face an endless stream of ethical dilemmas at work. We were surprised that 30 leaders in the study recalled a total of 87 “major” ethical dilemmas from their career histories. Another surprise was how few of the incidents were caused by bribery, corruption, or anti-competition issues (only 16% of all ethical dilemmas mentioned). Ethics. Ethics.

Simple Ethics Rules for Better Risk Management

Harvard Business Review

But as more organizations fall prey to complex intangible risks, from unwanted disclosure due to rampant cyber threats to breaches of conduct driven by skewed incentive systems, the aperture of risk management is expanding from protecting the balance sheet to promoting ethical leadership and values-based decision making. In an environment riddled with uncertainty and variability, value systems are meant to be the only constants. Creating an Ethical Workplace.

So You Think Your Boss Is Breaking The Law

Strategy Driven

Please consider the environment before and after printing this article. Practices for Professionals business ethics strategydrivenPhoto courtesy of Pixabay. In the movies, if someone suspects their boss is breaking the law, the conclusion to the story is pretty standard.

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Best Practice Institute Webinar

Michael Lee Stallard

Being Wrong is Good


If you are in a work environment that simply doesn’t get it, get out asap! Mary Jo Asmus : December 16, 2010 at 12:40 pm Ellie, I agree that the context or environment makes it difficult to admit when one is wrong. Yet it is always the moral and ethical thing to do. Home Who We Are What We Do Services Contact My Favorite Blogs All Things Workplace Bob Sutton – Work Matters Brain Leaders and Learners Bret L.

Negotiating With A Bully

Coaching Tip

The new book, NEGOTIATING WITH A BULLY will teach you how to recognize bullies, interpret their signals and body language and how to skillfully deal with them in different forms and environments. Books Business Coaching Career Communication Current Affairs Ethics Memes Safety & Security Self Assessment Self-Awareness Skills Tips What is Work lifeEveryone has felt bullied at some point in their lives, whether by a family member, childhood acquaintance, colleague, boss, or client.

Morning Advantage: Sorry, Environment. Competition Wins Again.

Harvard Business Review

Although the Environmental Protection Agency is mandating states such as New York to test cars for high emission levels, the policy may be eroding the ethics of some dealerships and garages. So many garages are letting their ethics slide a bit for the sake of customer loyalty. According to research by Harvard Business School professor Michael Toffel and several colleagues covered by HBS Working Knowledge , testing centers are incentivized to pass cars with high emission levels.

Praising Customers for Ethical Purchases Can Backfire

Harvard Business Review

We examined whether the framing of the message—whether it praised customers for good deeds (“your use of recyclable cans and bottles help us protect the environment”), or merely publicized the company’s values (“our recycling program protects the environment”)—had any effect on how consumers responded and later behaved. Ethics Marketing Customers Digital Article

Why It’s So Hard to Train Someone to Make an Ethical Decision

Harvard Business Review

One of the conundrums of ethical decision making is that many moral decisions that are quite straightforward — even easy — to resolve in a classroom or during training exercises seem far more difficult to successfully resolve when confronted during actual day-to-day decision making. There are three obstacles that make ethical decisions in the workplace different and more difficult than in training simulations. Ethics Decision making Transparency Digital Article

Corporate Security

Coaching Tip

Chasdi: Corporate Security Crossroads: Responding to Terrorism, Cyberthreats, and Other Hazards in the Global Business Environment. Books Business Coaching Communication Current Affairs Ethics Leadership Memes Safety & Security Self-Awareness Tips What is Work life

Is Your Company as Ethical as It Seems?

Harvard Business Review

The onus for ethical behavior falls first to the employee. Most companies talk a good ethics game and even make their goals public. The punishing, pressure-cooker work environment meant that Volkswagen engineers were apparently loath to say no or admit failure to superiors. Ethical behavior has to be led by example, and promoting people who ignore ethics when expedient for them tells everyone that the company wants results and it does not really care how they are obtained.

Talent Wins

Coaching Tip

Written for all leaders across organizations, TALENT WINS by Ram Charan, Dominic Barton and Dennis Carey, provides a much-needed framework for transforming how companies acquire, manage and deploy talent for today's agile, digital analytical, technologically driven strategic environment. Books Business Coaching Career Ethics Leadership Memes Personal Life Skills Tips What is Work life competitive advantage Design Dominic Barton human capital Ram Charan

Never Say Die

Coaching Tip

No good goes unpunished, as the saying goes, and there are some things to keep in mind while evolving a team into this kind of leadership environment. . Books Business Coaching Career Communication Current Affairs Ethics Leadership Personal Life Safety & Security Science Skills Tips What is Work lifeNothing builds confidence like success. The tougher the problems and the more of them we solve, the greater our confidence becomes. That's the paradox of success in action.

3D Team Leadership

Coaching Tip

The idea of leadership coming only from one individual is not always an accurate reflection of how team leadership really works, especially in today's environment. Books Business Coaching Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Communication Current Affairs Ethics Failure Leadership Memes Self-Awareness Skills Success Tips What is Work life value addingThree major pitfalls that severely limit a team's potential to be effective.

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