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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.”.

Ethics is Contagious

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Ethics is catching, and leaders set the tone for the ethics of the organization. Would the organization be more or less ethical? What kind of ethics are people catching as they work in our organization? By Linda Fisher Thornton I must admit that I can''t take the credit for coming up with the catchy title of this post.

Do an Ethics Check to Navigate the Gray Zone

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It’s easy to know what’s ethical when your choices are clear-cut. Should you use insider information to make a stock market trade?

The 7 Lenses of Ethical Leadership

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This post is by Linda Fisher Thornton the author of 7 Lenses: Learning the Principles and Practices of Ethical Leadership. Ethics

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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.

Ethics and Trust are Reciprocal

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By Linda Fisher Thornton I was asked recently to explain in simple terms how ethics and trust are related. It is a great question, because we define trust and ethics in so many different ways. Here are some observations about how trust and ethics are related, and what their relationship means for us as organizational leaders.

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. Use this "ethical to do list" to assess your culture.

Ethical Leadership: The “On Switch” For Adaptability

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This week I'm digging deeper into the multiplying and dividing effects of leader (in)competence, looking at how a leader's ethical competence impacts trust, people, bottom line results and organizational adaptability. By Linda Fisher Thornton The post "Leader Competence: Will It Be A Multiplier or Divider?"

With Ethics PREVENTION is the Cure

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There is an important parallel we can draw between human health and organizational health - prevention is also the best way to deal with ethics in organizations. Ethical Organization 7 lenses of ethical leadership ethical culture ethical organization ethics leadership development

40 Ethical Culture Gaps To Avoid

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By Linda Fisher Thornton Leaders set the tone for how ethical values are applied. for them to talk about ethical values and model what they look like in action. They must also fiercely protect the ethics of their organizations. They are the caretakers of ethical culture. It is not enough, though.

How Is Ethical Leadership a Strategic Advantage?

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Businesses that are proactive and that make ethical leadership a priority will benefit in many ways. Here are three of the many ways that ethical leadership helps us compete: Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Trends complexity ethical leadership global mindset Leadership trends in ethical leadership what is ethical leadership

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Ethical Leadership is a “Fear-Free” Zone

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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 othersBy Linda Fisher Thornton Fear is insidious.

5 Powerful Trends in Ethical Consumerism

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This week I describe 5 powerful trends that are changing the rules of business, and require a heightened ethical awareness. Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking Trends define ethical ethical ethical leadership development what is ethical consumerism what is ethical leadership

9 Questions for Ethical Leaders in The New Year

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Ethical Leader Ethical Thinking 7 Lenses business ethics ethical competence ethical leadership dimensions leading ethically 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.

4 Reasons We Struggle with Ethics

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Ethics is about who we are. Ethics is not so much about what is happening around us, it’s much more about what is going on inside of us.

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Understanding (and Preventing) Ethical Leadership Failures

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By Linda Fisher Thornton Understanding What Causes Ethical Leadership Failures Ethical leadership failures can be caused by different types of problems that may compound. Complexity Context Ethical Leader Ethical Organization 7 Lenses ethical leadership ethical thinking ethics leading ethically in a complex world

Critical Roles of the (Ethical) CEO

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That''s a shame, because the ethical CEO is a positive powerhouse - devoted to serving employees, customers, and communities. I thought it would be helpful to describe some of the critical functions of the ethical CEO that enable organizational success.

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

5 Reports Say Business Ethics is Improving

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By Linda Fisher Thornton What do Deloitte, Strategy & PwC, Dow Jones, The Ethics Resource Center and LRN have to say about trends in business ethics? Get ready for some good news: Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Trends 7 Lenses business ethics ethical leadership ethical trends ethics blogs proactive ethical leadership

Helping Young People Become Ethical Leaders

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By Linda Fisher Thornton How do we help young people become ethical leaders? This is an important question because our long-term future depends on how well we prepare young people to make positive ethical choices and honor multiple dimensions of ethical responsibility.

10 Thinking Traps (That Ethical Leaders Avoid)

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There are some common ways of thinking about business leadership that cripple our effectiveness and undermine our ethics. Complexity Context Ethical Thinking business ethics complexity ethical ethical business ethical leadership context ethical leadership development what is ethical leadership

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.

5 Warning Signs Of Oversimplified Ethics

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By Linda Fisher Thornton Leaders and organizations can get into real trouble if they oversimplify ethics. Some examples of what that might look like include lonely ethics statements (that look good on paper but are not brought to life) and grand statements (that are vague and not well understood).

What Are You Talking About (Ethically Speaking)?

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By Linda Fisher Thornton There are many layers of meaning in ethics conversations. See if you can find your ethics conversations below: Ethical Leader Ethical Organization ethical leadership context ethical leadership development ethics ethics training leadership development leading ethically in organizations

5 Ways CEOs Can Build an Ethical Culture

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By Linda Fisher Thornton CEOs are in a unique position to make ethics a priority through their everyday actions, but simply modeling ethics isn''t nearly enough. Here is a starting list of 5 actions CEOs can take that move organizations toward an ethical culture.

7 Questions For Ethical Culture Building

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Context Ethical Organization 7 Lenses 7 lenses of ethical leadership define ethical leadership developing ethical leaders By Linda Fisher Thornton We create organizational culture through strategic choices and daily actions.

11 Paths To Ethical Leadership Competence

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By Linda Fisher Thornton Developing competent ethical leaders is a huge challenge. Complexity Context Ethical Leader leadership and management leadership competence leadership skills what is ethical leadership Why is it so difficult? We live in a globally-connected society, and are expected to be globally-aware.

Ethical Leadership 2015: Graphics That Tell the Story

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They describe the kind of leadership that is respectful, caring and ethically aware. This is the positive leadership that engages employees in meaningful work and helps builds an ethical culture. By Linda Fisher Thornton The graphics at the links below tell the story of the future of responsible leadership.

“Ethics” Means Acting Beyond Self-Interest

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By Linda Fisher Thornton "Ethics" Means Acting Beyond Self-Interest Ethics is fundamentally about acting beyond our own self-interests. Can we be ethical without considering others and acting in ways that benefit them? Here are some interesting questions and quotes on the subject.

5 Reasons Ethical Culture Doesn’t Just Happen

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By Linda Fisher Thornton Don''t assume that an ethical culture will just happen in your workplace. Even if you are a good leader, ethical culture is a delicate thing, requiring intentional positive leadership and daily tending. Why does building an ethical culture require so much more than good leadership?

“Is It Ethical?” (Decision Tool Based on the Book 7 Lenses)

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By Linda Fisher Thornton A new ethical decision-making tool is available for readers of 7 Lenses! Complexity Context Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking 7 lenses of ethical leadership ethical decision-making ethical leader ethical leadership development

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.

7 Definitions of “Good” (Why We Disagree About Ethics)

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Here are 7 different interpretations of what is ethically good, based on the framework in 7 Lenses: Learning the Principles and Practices of Ethical Leadership (2013). Complexity Context Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking Trends complexity developing ethical leaders ethical leadership context ethical thinking leading ethically

5 Elements of a (Proactive) Ethical Workplace

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By Linda Fisher Thornton Last week I wrote about how to prepare for leadership future by staying centered in ethical values. This week I''m sharing a graphic about 5 other variables that need to be in place to build a (positive) ethical culture. Grounding our work in values is critically important but it''s not enough.

Which of These Is Ethical Leadership?

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Which levels described in this graphic represent ethical leadership? Is Following Laws Ethical Leadership? Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Trends complexity ethical business leadership ethical leadership ethics training leading ethically what is ethical leadership what is leadership

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

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Some unfriendly approaches that I have observed recently include: Ethical Leader Ethical Organization 7 Lenses ethical leadership ethical selling leadership development proactive ethical leadershipBy Linda Fisher Thornton Unfriendly Sales Techniques.

What Ethical Leaders Believe

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I am honored that today they published my Manifesto about ethical thinking. Is that autopilot programmed to make ethical decisions?". Complexity Ethical Leader Ethical Thinking Trends 7 Lenses ethical ethical leadership ethical thinking ethics leadership development

Ethical Leadership is a Journey

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By Linda Fisher Thornton Ethical leadership is a journey, not a destination. The same is true for ethical leadership. Context Ethical Leader Ethical Thinking Imagine walking for hours toward the distant horizon. No matter how fast or how far you walk, the horizon will always be out there, some distance away from you.

5 Ways To Bolster Your Organization’s Ethical Immune System

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What actions can we take to boost our ethical immune systems? And how could doing that help us create more ethical organizations? Building a healthy ethical culture where people take steps to protect ethics and reputation takes intentional effort.

Leading For Ethics Future? (Or Ethics Past?)

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By Linda Fisher Thornton We are expected to make ethical decisions in a rapidly changing global society, where there is increasing awareness of what "ethical" means. The question of where ethics is headed has been the focus of my research over the last four years. How do we prepare for that?