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

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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. With expectations for good leadership continuing to expand, some organizations still do not have leader competence on their strategy agendas.

Imperfectly Human

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Complexity Ethical Organization 7 Lenses ethical leadership development leader development Leadership leadership development futureBy 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.

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5 Ways To Bolster Your Organization’s Ethical Immune System

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And how could doing that help us create more ethical organizations? Complexity Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking 7 Lenses business ethics complexity ethical business leadership ethical leadership context By Linda Fisher Thornton I was thinking about organizational culture recently, and noticed an interesting parallel. Eating healthy foods, exercising and getting enough sleep all boost our individual immune systems. What actions can we take to boost our ethical immune systems?

The Missing Domain: Ethical Thinking

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Complexity Context Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking Trends ethical leadership ethical thinking ethics leadership skills thinking context vertical leadership developmentBy Linda Fisher Thornton Using the commonly-taught types of thinking is very useful in life, and helps us be better professionals and business people. But there's a catch.

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 developmentBy Linda Fisher Thornton Have you heard the expression "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?"

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

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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

5 Signs Your Culture is FAILING

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Complexity Context Ethical Organization 7 Lenses ethical business ethical leadership context ethics and CSR LeadershipBy 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.

What is Positive Leadership?

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Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking 7 Lenses ethical leadership ethical leadership development ethics and complexity what is ethical behaviorBy 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?

Talking About What Matters (Part 1)

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Great attention is often paid to values in defining and marketing an organization. The problem with that assumption is that while people may WANT to follow the organization's stated values, they may not know how. Context Ethical Leader Ethical Organization developing leadership skills ethical leadership Leadership leading with values talking about valuesBy Linda Fisher Thornton This post begins a series on talking about what matters.

5 More Reasons to Pay Attention To Trust

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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 TrendsBy Linda Fisher Thornton Trust is a hot topic and a valuable business enabler.

What Is Organizational Integrity?

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Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking 7 Lenses ethical leadership ethical organization ethics what is ethical leadershipBy 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?

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

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Each one of these 40 Ways to Build an Ethical Culture can improve an organization. Put a check mark beside the positive ethical actions that you have observed in your organization. Complexity Ethical Leader Ethical Organization ethical culture ethical leadership ethical leadership development ethics what is ethical leadership By Linda Fisher Thornton Last week I blogged about 40 Ethical Culture Gaps to Avoid.

Imagining The Future Of Leadership

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Complexity Ethical Leader Trends leading an ethical organization leading ethically in a complex world leading ethically in organizations 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.

13 (Culture-Numbing) Side Effects of Toxic Leadership

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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. Complexity Ethical Leader Ethical Organization 7 Lenses business ethics business ethics blogs leading ethically in organizations what is ethical leadership By Linda Fisher Thornton A reader commented on the post Can A Toxic Leader Be Ethical?

50 Ways To Lead For Trust (Part 1)

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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 buildingBy Linda Fisher Thornton This post is the first in a series on practical ways to lead that build trust.

Ethics-Rich Leadership: Why We Need It

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Complexity Context Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking Trends business ethics ethical values ethics blogs leadership blogs leading with valuesBy Linda Fisher Thornton I was originally going to used the words "ethics-infused leadership" in this post, but I realized that would treat ethics a little bit like a lime twist in a cold drink. The drink would hint of lime, but it wouldn't be FULL of lime. So I chose to use "ethics-rich" leadership instead.

Leaders: Check Your Motivation, Your Authenticity and Your Ethics

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Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking 7 Lenses CSR ethical leadership ethics Leadership leadership developmentBy 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.

Take Positive Action When You See Unethical Leadership

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In particular, readers ask about the damage that toxic leaders do in organizations and what situations and circumstances lead to ethical failures. Today I'm sharing posts about unethical leadership that may answer your deep questions about what leadership looks like when it is NOT ethical: Ethical Leader Ethical Organization 7 Lenses ethical business leadership ethical leadership development leading ethically what is ethical leadership

Building Trust: What to Weed Out

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I started thinking about how quickly things can get away from us, in the garden and in our organizations. Complexity Context Ethical Leader Ethical Organization 7 Lenses business ethics blogs ethical leadership high trust culture unethical leadership By Linda Fisher Thornton I was weeding in the garden this week, and I discovered two new weeds that were taller than I was. There are things we must do to build a high trust workplace.

Ethics is Contagious

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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? What kind of ethics are people catching as they work in our organization? Context Ethical Leader Ethical Organization 7 Lenses ethical ethical culture ethical leadership ethical leadership development ethical responsibility ethics

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. It changes how we see the world and how we treat others.

Where Is Ethical Leadership Found?

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Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking ethical leadership ethics Leadership leadership awareness leadership growthBy 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.

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. Complexity Context Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking Trends 7 Lenses complexity context ethical leadership future ethics trends leading ethically in a complex world what is leadership responsibility

11 Paths To Ethical Leadership Competence

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We fill roles in many different settings including in our organizations, industries and communities. 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. Competence in all of these areas is not simple to achieve.

Got Ethics? Are You Positive?

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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 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.

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. 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.

Ethical Leadership: The “On Switch” For Adaptability

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Complexity Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking 7 Lenses of ethical responsibility business leadership what is ethical business what is ethical leadership what is ethicsBy 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.

40 Ethical Culture Gaps To Avoid

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They must also fiercely protect the ethics of their organizations. Context Ethical Leader Ethical Organization 7 lenses of ethical leadership ethical culture ethical leadership Leadership leading ethically in organizations what is ethical culture By Linda Fisher Thornton Leaders set the tone for how ethical values are applied. They mentor those they lead, and serve as positive role models. It is not enough, though.

How Is Ethical Leadership a Strategic Advantage?

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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 leadershipBusinesses that are proactive and that make ethical leadership a priority will benefit in many ways.

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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. If we imagine building our culture as creating an elaborate painting, what will we depict on the canvas? Will we work together to carefully paint a background theme of positive values, or will we just give everyone brushes and "see where it goes?".

Bringing Out the Best in People and Organizations (Through Ethical Leadership)

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7 Lenses proposes a framework for learning the kind of ethical leadership that brings out the best in people and organizations. Complexity Context Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Trends business ethics complexity ethical leadership ethical leadership context leadership development what is ethical leadership After 4 years of researching and writing, I am proud to announce that my new book, 7 Lenses: Learning the Principles and Practices of Ethical Leadership is in print!

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

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Complexity Context Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking Trends complexity developing ethical leaders ethical leadership context ethical thinking leading ethically By Linda Fisher Thornton Why is it so difficult to agree on the right thing to do? One of the reasons we may not agree is that each of us may be using a different definition of what is "good."

If Every Leader Cared

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In an organization where every leader cared, wouldn't we experience improved employee engagement and customer retention? Ethical Leader Ethical Organization 7 Lenses care ethical business leadership ethical culture ethical leadership

10 Things Trustworthy Leaders Know…

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Ethical Leader Ethical Organization context CSR ethical Leadership Principles trends what is ethical leadership what is trust By Linda Fisher Thornton This week the Alliance of Trustworthy Business Experts from Trust Across America-Trust Around the World is holding a social media awareness campaign called #Trustgiving2014, In support of that campaign, I am featuring 10 posts about what it means to be a trustworthy leader.

The Power of Trustworthy Leadership

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How does it set a positive tone and lead organizations to better performance? Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Trends 7 Lenses ethical leadership context leadership blogs leadership development leading with valuesBy Linda Fisher Thornton Why is trustworthy leadership so powerful? These 5 reasons quickly come to mind.

Do Laws Set the Standard For Ethics?

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Complexity Context Ethical Leader Ethical Organization 7 lenses of ethical leadership ethical business laws and ethics leadership development leadership skillsBy Linda Fisher Thornton "Do Laws Set the Standard For Ethics?" may be a simple question, but the answer is complicated. They do and they don't set the standard. .

5 Reasons Ethical Culture Doesn’t Just Happen

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Complexity Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking 7 Lenses business ethics blogs dimensions of ethics ethical culture ethics 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. It requires more than good leadership, more than trust building, and more than good hiring.

5 Ways to Talk About Ethics (Without Being “Blah Blah Boring”)

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Complexity Ethical Leader Ethical Organization 7 lenses of ethical leadership context ethical culture ethical leader ethical organization ethics leader By Linda Fisher Thornton We owe it to our employees to make ethics real. People learning ethics are often given "blah blah boring" material (and then expected to remember and apply it). I believe that this is not just a mistake, it''s a crime! Because ethics is anything but boring.

Ethical Leadership 2015: Graphics That Tell the Story

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Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking Trends 7 Lenses 7 lenses of ethical leadership complexity context ethical ethical leadership ethics By Linda Fisher Thornton The graphics at the links below tell the story of the future of responsible leadership. 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.

5 Ways CEOs Can Build an Ethical Culture

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Here is a starting list of 5 actions CEOs can take that move organizations toward an ethical culture. Ethical Organization ethical culture ethical leadership ethical leadership context ethical leadership development ethical leadership in a global society 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.