Helping Young People Become Ethical Leaders

Leading in Context

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. Complexity Ethical Leader 7 Lenses ethical teens future ethical leaders parenting raising ethical children

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Global-Minded Ethical Leadership

Leading in Context

Because we are part of a connected society, we cannot think about ethics on a small scale. We need to think on a global scale, and consider the long term impact of every decision. Ethical Leader 7 Lenses ethical leadership ethics leading ethically leading ethically in organizations what is ethical leadership Our daily choices can have a global ripple effect, and that effect can be either positive or negative depending on our choices.

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Is Your Service Ethical?

Lead Change Blog

The manner my dad handled a Hightower cow invasion and how Mr. Hightower handled the exact same scenario was a powerful lesson in the ethics of service. It provided guidance in how to nurture long-term relationships. Self Leadership ethics Leadership principles

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Don’t Separate “Ethics” From “Leadership”

Leading in Context

Preparing For Ethical Leadership Preparing leaders for ethical leadership is a long-term process. For example, what message are we sending when we separate ethics training from other leadership training? The Risks of "Separate" Ethics Training I believe that we take an unnecessary risk when we separate ethics training from the rest of a leader's development. What could be the harm of separating ethics from leadership?

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The 7 Lenses of Ethical Leadership

Leading Blog

This post is by Linda Fisher Thornton the author of 7 Lenses: Learning the Principles and Practices of Ethical Leadership. Our understanding of "ethical leadership" has not been clear enough to guide us through today’s complex ethical choices. 7 Lenses™ of Ethical Responsibility.

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4 Reasons We Struggle with Ethics

Leading Blog

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. Understanding the difference is critical to being a person with good ethics. Ethics are about how we will measure our life. Ethics

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To Understand Complexity, Use 7 Dimensions of Ethical Thinking

Leading Blog

T HE BOTTOM LINE is that there is no “good leadership” without ethical thinking. The thinking that powers leadership choices must be grounded in ethical values or the impact on important constituents will be overlooked. 7 Lenses™ of Ethical Responsibility.

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People-Based “Ethics”: The Mindset Behind it

Leading in Context

The Trouble With Using Only People-Based "Ethics" Being concerned about people is a very important aspect of ethical leadership. Ethical Leader business ethics ethical ethical leadership in organizations ethics leadership development leadership ethics training

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Good Brands Gone Bad | In the CEO Afterlife

In the CEO Afterlife

Call it a hiccup or a long-term slump; every brand faces a crisis. Not long ago, the entire world watched BP and inept CEO Tony Hayward make blunder after blunder while their crude killed. In the CEO Afterlife. Main menu Home. Leadership. Branding. Good Brands Gone Bad.

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Values Drive Business Success (But Only If They’re Clear and Applied)

Leading in Context

By Linda Fisher Thornton Deloitte's 2016 Millennial Survey Executive Summary reported that according to responses from 7700 employed millennials from 29 countries, "the values that support long-term business success are people treatment, ethics, and customer focus. While people treatment, ethics, and customer focus may be the values that drive business success, that only works if they're applied across the organization.

Why Mass Migration Is Good for Long-Term Economic Growth

Harvard Business Review

At the same time, diversity in societal norms, customs, and ethics can nurture technological innovation and the diffusion of new ideas, and thus the production of a greater variety of goods and services. Our empirical findings suggest that cultural heterogeneity, measured by either fractionalization or polarization, has a discernible positive impact on the growth rate of GDP over long time periods. International migration is on the rise.

What is the Greater Good?

Leading in Context

We must take a long-term view, keeping in mind the broad effects of our day-to-day decisions. Many people refer to the "greater good" as an important part of leading ethically, and use different words to describe it. Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking developing ethical leaders ethical leadership ethical responsibility ethics leadership development leading ethicallyWhat is the Greater Good?

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Keeping Your Strategy Meetings Focused on the Long Term

Harvard Business Review

One of its major suppliers is under an ethics investigation resulting in significant delays. Senior executives need to balance the long- and short-term demands of their businesses, and meetings need to mirror this balance. Leaders also like to solve problems and check them off, and short-term items provide us with visible ways to mark progress. Finally, executives sometimes treat a strategic discussion the way they would a short-term issue.

Three Strategies for Long-Term Value

Harvard Business Review

A recent report by the Aspen Institute [ PDF ] suggests a big part of the problem with corporations' focus on the short term is shareholders themselves. This narrow focus on raising stock price by any means possible keeps companies from making long-term investments, protecting the interests of essential stakeholders like employees or customers, or taking much account of social welfare and ethical considerations in making business decisions.

5 Signs Your Culture is FAILING

Leading in Context

By Linda Fisher Thornton Building a positive ethical culture is a long-term process. Complexity Context Ethical Organization 7 Lenses ethical business ethical leadership context ethics and CSR LeadershipIt 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.

5 Signs Your Culture is FAILING

Leading in Context

By Linda Fisher Thornton Building a positive ethical culture is a long-term process. Complexity Context Ethical Organization 7 Lenses ethical business ethical leadership context ethics and CSR LeadershipIt 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.

Improving Lives and Organizations

Leading in Context

By Linda Fisher Thornton What is it that ethical leaders do that has such a powerful positive effect on people? What can be the long-term impact of inspiring groups of people to greatness and ethical behavior? The Leading in Context Manifesto addresses the importance of respect and care, and helping each individual become their best: Ethical Leader Ethical Organization

What Employers Want from the Long-Term Unemployed

Harvard Business Review

So how does someone who's among the long-term unemployed stand out? Volunteerism is a testament to a person's character and work ethic. We often hear from job seekers: "If I have the necessary skills and experience, why am I not hearing back from more companies?". It's a fair question, especially for the more than five million workers who've been unemployed for six months or longer (more than 40 percent of all unemployed job seekers).

Work Ethic - Excellence or Existence?

Orrin Woodward

follow Orrin_Woodward at [link] Login Main Page Previous: Emotional Intelligence - A Key to Improving Leadership Next: The Five Levels of Influence Work Ethic - Excellence or Existence? Work ethic trumps talent period. Thanks, Kevin Hamm Reply Re: Work Ethic - Excellence or Existence?

Precautionary Principle: Profiting With Care

Leading in Context

We would do more than simply follow the law - we would make the decision that would be in the best long-term interests of our customers and other stakeholders. Complexity Ethical Organization ethical leadership ethical leadership in a global society leadership and management management and leadership what is ethical leadership what is leadershipWhat is the Precautionary Principle?

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Disposable Marketing Freebies: What Message Are We Sending?

Leading in Context

Consumers Want Sustainable Marketing Many consumers now shop around for "ethical" companies and those consumers expect a new kind of business marketing - the kind with a long-term view and a sustainable approach. Ethical Leader Trends ethical leadership context ethics leadership development sustainability sustainable marketing

The Benefits Of Working For an Ethical Company

The Idolbuster

It is true that no place is perfect, but there is a dramatic difference in the ethical climate between companies. The business ethics literature describes an ethical culture as a company with a focus on the “wellbeing of multiple stakeholders such as employees, customers and community,” whereas a culture that encourages unethical decisions has an “everyone for herself” mentality. [i]. Chapter 6: The Invisible Hand Of the Company part 10.

The Leadership Lab

Coaching Tip

Real leadership combines both logic and emotion, both short and long-term thinking. Books Business Coaching Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ethics Leadership Personal Coaching Self-Awareness Skills What is Work lifeLeaders schooled in rational, left-brained thinking need to adapt to changing political, social and technological forces.

A Preference for Plodders


My work on companies that have paid dividends for a hundred years concludes that the nonglitzy CEO, mostly hired from within, provides the steady hand and long-term returns for a company. Jennings, business professor at Arizona State University, in The Seven Signs of Ethical Collapse When in doubt, go with the plodder CEO, not the icon.

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Hamilton Recognized His Challenges

Coaching Tip

To fulfill your dream, you will have to establish multiple long-term goals that complement one another. Once you have set your long-term goals (for example educational goals, financial goals, family goals), start setting short-term goals that will help you attain them. Books Business Coaching Ethics Leadership Memes Personal Life Self Assessment Self-Awareness Skills Success Tips What is Women Work life Columbia University George Washington Greek Know Yourself

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Leadership and integrity

Lead on Purpose

Establish a set of sound ethics policies, integrate them into all business processes, communicate them broadly to all employees, and make clear that you will not tolerate any deviation from any of them. That will never work in the long run. Andrews thoughtfully promotes the long-term value of telling the truth, of being honest. Integrity Leadership Trust actions ethics principles successIntegrity is one of the top attributes of a great leader.

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.

How To Reconnect With Your Team And Stakeholders

Eric Jacobson

Norman Pickavance Norman Pickavance's book, The Reconnected Leader , provides an eight-step model for implementing new practices to help leaders reconnect with their teams and reset the relationship the business has with its stakeholders.

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5 Signs Your Organization Might Be Headed for an Ethics Scandal

Harvard Business Review

Corporations often approach ethics as an individual problem, designing oversight systems to identify the “bad apples” before they can turn the organization into a “rotten barrel.” Bad apple explanations also fail to explain the string of ethical crises at Uber, the long-term impunity of powerful men who sexually harass colleagues, or any of the other ethics scandals we’ve seen this year. Ethics Digital Article

Good Questions


Which terms are unclear? Are there any legal or ethical problems? What will be the long-term consequences Is it an action or a reaction? Does it achieve progress or merely restore the status-quo? Is it something we can shout from the rooftops without embarrassment?

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Ethical Consumerism Isn’t Dead, It Just Needs Better Marketing

Harvard Business Review

Ethical consumerism is the broad label for companies providing products that appeal to people’s best selves (for example, fair trade coffee or a purchase that includes a donation to a charitable cause). This pessimistic stance stems primarily from the lower sales of ethical brands.

Caring for the Commons

Great Leadership By Dan

Actual business results can, of course, be impacted by dozens of factors, but a CEO who cares only about pleasing Wall Street and demonstrates little concern for the common good will erode profits and jeopardize the long-term sustainability of the company. Guest post by Fred Kiel, Ph.D.

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Cultural Stereotypes May Make You a Less Ethical Negotiator

Harvard Business Review

Are people more ethical or less ethical when they negotiate with a foreigner instead of a fellow countryman? and China, conducted with coauthor Chao Wang, we looked at how likely people were to use unethical or ethically questionable tactics, like telling lies or offering bribes, depending on who they were negotiating with. Responses were indicated on a scale from one to seven, with one being the most ethical and seven being the most unethical.

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. 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. A company could have a terrific ethics policy, but actions speak louder than words on paper. Picture this.

Five Things All Great Negotiators Do

Coaching Tip

Trust is at the heart of negotiation and long-term success as a negotiator. Negotiation is most successful when the terms are clear and specific to everyone involved. Books Business Coaching Career Communication Ethics Games Self-Awareness Sports What is baseball player conversation instinctive knowing Molly Fletcher negotiator sports agent stage A great negotiator, seen time and time again, does these five things well: 1. Sets the Stage. Finds Common Ground.

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Ethics Allegations Will Hurt White House Staffers Even If They Turn Out to Be False

Harvard Business Review

In recent weeks, we have seen almost daily reports surface of potential ethical conflicts in the White House, whether it’s possible conflicts of interest between the Trump family’s business ties and government priorities or allegations of collusion between campaign allies and Russian intelligence. Unfortunately, the researchers who study this topic have a rather large “sample size”: Ethical stress is an alarmingly common scourge in organizations.

The Reconnected Leader

Eric Jacobson

Norman Pickavance Norman Pickavance''s new book, The Reconnected Leader , provides an eight-step model for implementing new practices to help leaders reconnect with their teams and reset the relationship the business has with its stakeholders.

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U.S. College Football at Risk--Leadership Needed

Coaching Tip

We got another slap in the face on what this game can do to you long term when "allegedly" Junior Seau took a gun and put it to his chest yesterday. It's another chilling reminder of something all football fans try to forget, the effects this game has on it's players long term health.".

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How To Discover Your Truth North

Eric Jacobson

Ethical Boundaries : The limits placed on your actions, based on your standards of ethical behavior. In his new book, True North , Bill George shows you how to discover your true north - your internal compass that guides you successfully through life.

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How to Fix Financial Capitalism? Focus on Ethics

Harvard Business Review

Investing in equities is the only way most investors can achieve the returns required to ensure their money lasts for as long as they are alive. It will also create a shortage of long-term patient capital, which is needed to fund the kind of robust economic growth we so desperately want and need. Restoring trust and confidence requires commitment to and investment in professional and business ethics. Write articles and speak publicly about ethics.

Dr. Deming’s work lauded by world famous philosopher, Alasdair MacIntyre

Deming Institute

As MacIntyre recognized, Dr. Deming excoriated how a focus on quarterly earnings distracts companies from long-term goals of achieving quality products and services and a quality workplace. There is no mistaking the ethical dimensions of organizational life.

Picking Battles


That view diminishes the seriousness of ethical standards. Many a mocker of ethics embraces it. You don''t let problems accumulate and fester if doing so harms long-term effectiveness but there will be many areas which should simply be ignored.

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The Seven Signs of Great Leadership

Great Leadership By Dan

Making ethics a part of the culture A critical trait I noticed in great leaders was a consistent set of ethics. Dave Farrell, the long serving CEO of May Department stores, was always very consistent with ethical decision making.

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