Ethical Leadership Fuels 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: Complexity Context Ethical Leader Ethical Leadership Development Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking Ethics & Talent Management Talking About Ethics 7 Lenses ethical leadership context ethical thinking ethics

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Ethical Awareness is a Moving Target

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By Linda Fisher Thornton How well is your organization navigating the ethical pitfalls of the working world? Why is it so hard to navigate ethical minefields now? If you're finding it to be a major challenge right now, you're not alone.

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Setting Stretch Goals? Build in Ethics

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By Linda Fisher Thornton Employers using stretch goals to motivate employees to higher levels of performance need to take note of the ethical risk. If the push for higher performance doesn't come with an emphasis on ethical behavior, it may be encouraging cheating.

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Ethics is Acting Beyond Self-Interest

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By Linda Fisher Thornton Ethics is fundamentally about acting beyond our own self-interests. Can we be ethical without considering others and acting in ways that benefit them?

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Learning Ethical Leadership: Talent Development Implications

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By Linda Fisher Thornton Ethical leadership isn't something we can ever say we've fully accomplished. It's not about arriving at any particular place, or about achieving a certain level of knowledge.

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Navigating Ethical Complexity

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By Linda Fisher Thornton Developing ethical leaders and building ethical cultures have become critical business priorities. As if that weren't already challenging enough, managing ethics well also requires systems thinking and a broad understanding of ethical responsibilities.

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Ethics is Actionable

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Some people think about ethics as a theoretical concept that lives in procedures and regulations, but they're missing the point. Ethics is not just an esoteric concept.

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Fear Disrupts Human Development (And Ethics)

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By Linda Fisher Thornton Ethical leaders create fear-free work environments, which are foundational in building and maintaining ethical culture and protecting reputation and ethical brand value.

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“Ethical Thinking Isn’t Automatic”

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"For ethical leadership to stick, the culture needs an infrastructure that consistently supports acting on stated values.Ethical cultures treat ethical thinking as something that must be cultivated, demonstrated, and practiced over time.".

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Leadership: Evaluating Ethical Awareness

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By Linda Fisher Thornton Ethical awareness may have been considered private in the past, but it has become easier to observe in a society that is always socially connected.

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What is Ethical Leadership? Part 3

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By Linda Fisher Thornton In part 3 of this series, I am sharing a clip from my recent talk at the Saint Anselm Center for Ethics in Society that answers the question "What happens when there is a serious conflict between two ethical values?" As you watch, think about the tradeoffs you and your organization have had to manage as you navigated the global pandemic.

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Leaders: Is An Insider Mindset Ethical?

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What is Ethical Leadership? Part 2

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This week, in Part 2, I'm sharing my response to the question, "Why haven't people agreed on one definition of ethical leadership?" from my recent talk at the Saint Anselm Center for Ethics in Society. By Linda Fisher Thornton Last week I shared a video clip of an overview of all 7 Lenses. Think about how many places you've seen recent disagreements about "the right thing to do" as you watch.

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5 Factors Ethical Leaders Control

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By Linda Fisher Thornton Ethical leaders can't really "control" organizations, but there are specific things they can do to bring out the best in others and teams to move the organization forward.

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It’s Time For Ethically Adaptive Leadership

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Each day brings new challenges that consume our time and require us to grow into higher levels of ethical awareness to avoid missteps and miscalculations. As we try to find stable footing in unstable times, ethical agility will be a factor in our success. By Linda Fisher Thornton.

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Elements of Ethical Leadership Development

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By Linda Fisher Thornton Ethical leadership development is the ongoing process of guiding leaders to become ethical people and ethical leaders.

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Ethical Culture: The Business Case For Prevention

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By Linda Fisher Thornton After I published "Prevention or Cure: Your Choice" about reducing ethical risk and creating a positive culture a reader asked for more information about the business case for prevention.

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10 Things Ethical Leaders Believe

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To confirm what those values are that should guide our choices, this week I'm sharing my Manifesto What Ethical Leaders Believe. This Manifesto frames ethical leadership in clear language, and is shareable under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License.

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5 Ethical Dimensions of IoT Leadership (Part 1)

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By Linda Fisher Thornton This post is the first in a Series exploring 5 Ethical Dimensions of IoT Leadership as we approach IoT Day on April 14th. Unlike the software design projects of the past, working in the IoT takes us into completely uncharted ethical territory.

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10 Trends Shaping the Future of Ethical Leadership

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Many global factors are driving changes in ethical leadership expectations, and in high-stakes times, how we handle ethical leadership development can make or break our success. By Linda Fisher Thornton We need to get leadership right because so much depends on it.

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Who’s Accountable For Ethical Artificial Intelligence?

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By Linda Fisher Thornton Who is accountable for ethical artificial intelligence? There are ethical implications at every step of the process. How do you build accountability into your organization's use of AI?

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When Position Power and Ethics Collide

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By Linda Fisher Thornton Our responsibilities as a citizen, worker, leader, family member, and friend require us to choose ethics over loyalty. Yet, when we do, it can surprise people. Maybe that's because it is not the easiest path to take.

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5 Easy-To-Spot Hallmarks of (Un)Ethical Leadership

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5 Ethical Dimensions of IoT Leadership (Part 5)

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By Linda Fisher Thornton Part 1 in this series introduced 5 Ethical Dimensions of IoT Leadership and the importance of ethical foresight. Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4 explored the dimensions of Ethical Design, Legal Compliance.

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5 Ethical Dimensions of IoT Leadership (Part 3)

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By Linda Fisher Thornton Part 1 in this Series on 5 Ethical Dimensions of IoT Leadership focused on the importance of Ethical Foresight. Part 2 introduced 5 Ethical Dimensions of the IoT and explored the 1st dimension - Ethical Design.

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Ethical Leadership: Beyond Insight to Action

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5 Ethical Dimensions of IoT Leadership (Part 6)

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By Linda Fisher Thornton Part 1 in this series on 5 Ethical Dimensions of IoT Leadership focused on the importance of Ethical Foresight. Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 and Part 5 explored the dimensions of Ethical Design, Legal Compliance.

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5 Ethical Dimensions of IoT Leadership (Part 2)

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By Linda Fisher Thornton This is Part 2 in a Series exploring 5 Ethical Dimensions of IoT Leadership in celebration of IoT Day on April 9th. Part 1 included an Introduction and the importance of Ethical Foresight.

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5 Ethical Dimensions of IoT Leadership (Part 4)

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By Linda Fisher Thornton Part 1 in this series on 5 Ethical Dimensions of IoT Leadership focused on the importance of ethical foresight. Part 2 and Part 3 introduced two dimensions - Ethical Design and Legal Compliance.

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Ethics

Coaching Tip

At a time when fraud, sexual harassment, and other forms of workplace misconduct are making daily headlines, ethics has become as indispensable a tool for the modern workplace as technology or finance. In TAKING ETHICS SERIOUSLY , author John Hooker, provides an intellectual framework for deciding whether an action is ethical. Hooker brings his extensive background in philosophy, logic, and management science to the rigorous analysis of ethical dilemmas.

The Fear Factor

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The Complexity of Ethical Thinking and Decision Making (Part 2)

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No matter how much effort it takes to understand the context (whether we like it or not) we can't expect to make an ethical decision without it. To use ethical thinking and decision-making, we must always remind ourselves that the SUBSET is not the whole. . By Linda Fisher Thornton In Part 1 of this series I looked at the importance of Deep Thinking. In Part 2, we'll be considering the Context.

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Conquer These Leadership Temptations In The New Year

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Ethics

Coaching Tip

At a time when fraud, sexual harassment, and other forms of workplace misconduct are making daily headlines, ethics has become as indispensable a tool for the modern workplace as technology or finance. In TAKING ETHICS SERIOUSLY , author John Hooker, provides an intellectual framework for deciding whether an action is ethical. Hooker brings his extensive background in philosophy, logic, and management science to the rigorous analysis of ethical dilemmas.

Ethical Thinking For Challenging Times

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Complexity Context Ethical Leader Ethical Thinking Trends "seeing ethical leadership" "ethical lenses" "managing complexity" "complexity and leadership" "what is ethics" 7 Lenses leadership The 7 Lenses of Ethical LeadershipBy Linda Fisher ThorntonAlbert Einstein said "We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them."

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Managing Ethical Leadership as a Performance System

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By Linda Fisher Thornton When we think about ethical leadership as a performance system, we get a higher level view of what it takes to develop ethical leaders. This graphic shows what an integrated ethical leadership performance management system might look like. Ethical Organization Trends ethical leadership ethical performance ethical performance management ethics what is ethical leadership

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Leaders: Can You Control Ethics?

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By Linda Fisher Thornton The question for today is "Can we control ethics?" Leaders have tried to control ethics with compliance-based systems (based on rules and penalties) but that does not tend to inspire people to ethical action. Leaders have tried to control ethics by running a tight ship, closely managing workers, but that does not bring out the best in people and may lead to workers not caring about protecting the company's reputation. .

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Leadership is Evolving: Why More is Expected Now

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Other factors that change our current understanding of leadership include increasing ethical awareness and stronger physical evidence of the impact we are having on the planet.

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Does “Politically Correct” Mean Inclusive and Respectful?

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Should People Have to “Earn” Your Trust?

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The Complexity of Ethical Thinking and Decision Making (Part 3)

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To make ethical decisions, we must embrace it and incorporate it into our thinking process. Complexity Context Ethical Leader Ethical Thinking complexity in leadership ethical decision-making ethical leadership development ethical thinking and action leadership and managementEmbracing Complexity is Part of Leadership Complexity has become a way of life.

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AI: Where Are We Now? Report via EDUCAUSE

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By Linda Fisher Thornton Managing the ethics of artificial intelligence is only becoming more complex over time, and the stakes are high for finding a path forward.

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Navigating Return to Work Challenges: Virginia Business

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Ethical Decision Making Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking Ethics & Talent Management Trends ethical leadership context Ethical Leadership Development Leadership leading ethically return to workBy Linda Fisher Thornton Today I'm sharing an article from Virginia Business called Future Shock that includes my recent interview with John Blackwell.

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