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5 Things I Learned From a 6th Grade Bully

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Context Ethical Leader Ethical Organization bullying ethical interpersonal behavior ethical thinking skills ethics Leadership leadership developmentBy Linda Fisher Thornton October is Bullying Prevention Month. Most of the people I know were bullied at some point in their lives. As I look back on dealing with a 6th grade bully, I realize that I learned some things from that difficult time. Today I share that story along with resources for preventing bullying. .

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Human Rights: 70 Years

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Complexity Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking Trends ethical leader ethical leadership principles ethics human rights universal human rights valuesBy Linda Fisher Thornton I had the privilege of hearing award-winning author Blanche Wiesen Cook speak at The University of Richmond last night. Her topic was "Toward an Inclusive Democracy: Eleanor Roosevelt's Legacy."

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Ethical Thinking Requires Dialogue

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Complexity Context Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking ethical insight ethical leadership insight ethical thinking model ethical thinking tools holistic ethics integral ethics principles of ethical leadershipBy Linda Fisher Thornton Ethical leadership requires us to understand the context and embrace the natural complexity of issues. One of the pieces that we can't be successful without is learning from the widely varying perspectives of others.

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The Seductive Power of the Status Quo

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Context Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking 7 Lenses of ethical responsibility ethical decision-making ethical leadership model ethics questions holistic ethics managing complexityBy Linda Fisher Thornton Why do we have such a powerful negative reaction when we find out that we need to change? The status quo literally has a grip on us.

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Grey Areas: Our Choices Define Us (Part 3)

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Complexity Context Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking ethical leadership ethics and complexity ethics in a global societyBy Linda Fisher Thornton There will always be grey areas that aren't covered by the ethics code. In grey areas, leaders "paint the boundary" of ethical choices others will make by how they navigate the ethical complexity when the boundaries are not clear.

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MindTools Expert Interview Podcast With Linda Fisher Thornton

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Complexity Context Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking Trends 7 lenses of ethical leadership define ethical leadership developing ethical leaders ethical leadership ethical thinkingBy Linda Fisher Thornton I recently did an interview with Rachel Salaman for the MindTools Expert Interview Podcast. We had a lively conversation about ethical leadership and the concepts from my book 7 Lenses: Learning the Principles and Practices of Ethical Leadership.

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Ethical Leadership: Complexity, Context and Adaptation

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Complexity Context Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking 7 Lenses adaptation and ethics complexity and ethics ethical leadership development ethics in leadership Responsible LeadershipBy Linda Fisher Thornton. Ethical leadership requires growth, a willingness to acknowledge complexity and an understanding of the broader context in which we lead.

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Trust Energizes Organizations

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By Linda Fisher Thornton How transformational is the power of trust in organizations? It improves work satisfaction and quality of life: Context Ethical Organization building trust ethical leadership development high trust culture positive leadershipIt increases capacity and improves performance.

What is Meaningful Leadership? (Part 2)

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Ethical Leader Ethical Organization 7 lenses of ethical leadership CSR ethical leader Leadership what is positive leadership? By Linda Fisher Thornton What is meaningful leadership? In Part 1 we explored how leaders create meaningful work settings so others can excel. In Part 2, we look at a leader's own quest for authenticity as a factor in meaningful leadership. What is Meaningful Leadership? A Quest For Authenticity Meaningful leadership is focused on authenticity, not just acquisition.

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Improving Lives and Organizations

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The Leading in Context Manifesto addresses the importance of respect and care, and helping each individual become their best: Ethical Leader Ethical Organization 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?

Why Ethical Thinking Matters (Part 4)

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Complexity Context Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking Trends 7 lenses of ethical leadership ethical brand value ethical business leadership ethical leadership development ethical thinking ethics modelBy Linda Fisher Thornton To celebrate 7 Lenses going into its second printing, this is the fourth post in a special series focused on Why Ethical Thinking Matters.

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What is Meaningful Leadership? (Part 3)

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Ethical Leader Ethical Organization 7 Lenses ethical leader ethical leadership development ethical leadership model ethics LeadershipBy Linda Fisher Thornton In Part 1 of this series we looked at how leaders generate meaningful environments where others can thrive. In 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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Why Ethical Thinking Matters (Part 1)

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Complexity Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking 7 lenses of ethical leadership business case for ethical leadership developing ethical leaders ethical complexity ethical leadership development ethical thinkingBy Linda Fisher Thornton To celebrate 7 Lenses going into its second printing (big news!), this is the first post in a special series focused on Why Ethical Thinking Matters.

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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

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50 Trends to Follow in 2018

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Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Trends ethical leadership ethical leadership trends leadership development Responsible LeadershipBy Linda Fisher Thornton What trends will impact your leadership and your business this year? Get settled in with your favorite morning brew and review these 50+ trend reports on what to expect in 2018. Adapting to these changes will require constant shifts in direction and focus, while staying grounded in positive ethical values.

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Never Underestimate The Power of Trust

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This updated Harvard Business review article connects trust with ROI and risk management: Ethical Leader Ethical Organization ethical leadership behavior positive leadership taking responsibility in leadership trust and leadershipBy Linda Fisher Thornton Trust is powerful. It is being recognized as a pivot point in business and a powerful catalyst for financial success.

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Why Ethical Thinking Matters (Part 2)

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Complexity Context Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking Trends ethical leadership development ethical leadership model ethical thinking ethical thinking model ethical thinking skillsBy Linda Fisher Thornton To celebrate 7 Lenses going into its second printing, this is the second post in a special series focused on Why Ethical Thinking Matters. In case you missed it, last week's post was Why Ethical Thinking Matters (Part 1). .

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Why Ethical Thinking Matters (Part 3)

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To help you champion the cause in your organizations and on social media, I have included the business case below. Complexity Context Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking Trends 7 Lenses ethical leadership development ethical leadership model ethical thinking ethical thinking model leadership developmentBy Linda Fisher Thornton To celebrate 7 Lenses going into its second printing, this is the third post in a special series focused on Why Ethical Thinking Matters.

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Everyone is a Stakeholder at Some Level

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Complexity Context Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking Trends 7 lenses of ethical leadership ethical leadership skills ethics Leadership silent stakeholdersBy Linda Fisher Thornton "Everyone is a stakeholder at some level, and all stakeholders are important. We should consider all stakeholders as we lead – those we serve, those we lead, the powerless, the silenced, the planet, and all of humanity."

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29 Flawed Assumptions About Leadership

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Complexity Context Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking business ethics ethical leadership thinking infographic Leadership leadership assumptions upgrade your thinking what are leadership skills what is leadershipBy Linda Fisher Thornton I was pruning shrubs this week and it occurred to me that we have many mistaken assumptions about leadership that can lead us to make bad choices.

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.

Trust: The Force That Drives Results

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By Linda Fisher Thornton When leaders trust and are trustworthy, this brings out their best and fuels a virtuous cycle that brings out the best in others and releases the potential of the organization for great performance. Ethical Leaders Are Trustworthy and They Choose to Trust Others When we choose to trust, we access a higher level of capacity in ourselves and our organizations.

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Leaders Are Culture Caretakers: 10 Actions For Success

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Ethical Leader Ethical Organization CSR ethical culture ethical leadership context how do you build an ethical culture what is ethical leadershipBy Linda Fisher Thornton There are many ways to understand culture, and some of the definitions are very complicated. My favorite way to think about culture is as an infrastructure or scaffolding that supports the behaviors we want. Culture drives what people do, and is the setting and framework for great work.

Leaders Are Culture Caretakers: 10 Actions For Success

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Ethical Leader Ethical Organization CSR ethical culture ethical leadership context how do you build an ethical culture what is ethical leadershipBy Linda Fisher Thornton There are many ways to understand culture, and some of the definitions are very complicated. My favorite way to think about culture is as an infrastructure or scaffolding that supports the behaviors we want. Culture drives what people do, and is the setting and framework for great work.

Top 10 Posts 2017: Leading in Context Blog

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See if you notice a theme that connects these topics that readers accessed most frequently: Complexity Context Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking Trends 7 Lenses ethical leadership blogs ethical leadership development ethics blogs leadership blogs leadership developmentBy Linda Fisher Thornton Of the 52 posts published on the Leading in Context Blog in 2017, these 10 were the most popular.

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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.

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Talking About What Matters (Part 2)

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By Linda Fisher Thornton In a previous post Talking About What Matters (Part 1), I explored how talking about ethical values engages people, helps them find meaning and improves the organization's metrics. Complexity Context Ethical Leader Ethical Organization business ethics blogs ethical conversations ethical leadership values based leadership

22 Resources For Developing Ethical Thinking

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Complexity Context Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking 7 lenses of ethical leadership complexity ethical business leadership ethical leadership context ethical leadership development ethical thinking ethics what is ethical leadershipBy Linda Fisher Thornton This week I'm sharing a collection of hand-picked resources that will help you upgrade your thinking.

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Ethical Leadership Brings Out the Best in People and Organizations

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Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Trends ethical ethical leadership ethical organization global leadership leading ethicallym ethics what is ethical leadership After taking the Leading in Context website and branding back to the drawing board, this week I''m delighted to introduce the Leading in Context® Website version 2.0.

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Yes, Leaders. Behavior Matters

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Context Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Trends 7 lenses of ethical leadership ethical behavior ethical leadership what are leadership skillsBy Linda Fisher Thornton As leaders, we are expected to uphold the highest standards of ethical behavior, and that includes interpersonal behavior (HOW we get the results we get, and how our behavior impact others). This week I'm sharing a review of behaviors that are a "NO GO" for ethical leaders.

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Seeing The Nuances Of Ethical Leadership (A Developmental Model)

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Complexity Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking 7 lenses of ethical leadership ethical leadership ethical leadership development ethical thinking ethics Leadership leadership development what is ethical leadershipBy Linda Fisher Thornton Leadership is not a position or a task. It is a complex array of roles, relationships and processes, and yet we use one term, "leadership," to talk about it. And in using that term, we often mean different things. What Then is Leadership?

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Talking About What Matters (Part 3)

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Talking About What Matters In the post Talking About What Matters (Part 1) I explored how talking about ethical values engages people, helps them find meaning and improves the organization’s metrics. Complexity Context Ethical Leader Ethical Organization 7 lenses of ethical leadership business ethics ethical conversations ethics leadership skills leading ethically in a complex world

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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!

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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.

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Fear is a Poor Advisor (Moving Us Away From Ethical Thinking To Protect Us)

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Complexity Context Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking CSR ethical leadership ethical leadership development ethical thinking ethics and culture leadership development thinkingBy Linda Fisher Thornton When we make decisions based on FEAR, our brains switch on the lower-level processor - which makes decisions based on a FIGHT-OR-FLIGHT response.

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Grey Areas: Our Choices Define Us (Part 2)

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Grey areas are difficult for anyone to handle but leaders bear the additional weight of needing to set the tone for the organization. Each decision impacts the ethics of the organization. Complexity Context Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking 7 lenses of ethical leadership ethical leadership ethical leadership development ethical thinking skillsBy Linda Fisher Thornton This post is an updated version of a reader favorite.

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Where Ethics Should Be

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Too many leaders and organizations have crossed ethical boundaries and that seems to be all we’re seeing in the news headlines. Context Ethical Leader Ethical Organization 7 lenses of ethical leadership ethical action ethical brand value ethical leader ethical leadership developmentBy Linda Fisher Thornton We need to be talking about where ethics should be… how and where it fits into real life.

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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. .

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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.

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Guest Interview: Stay On Top Of Your Work Podcast

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Complexity Context Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking Trends 7 lenses of ethical leadership complexity ethical business ethical leader ethical leadership ethical thinking ethicsBy Linda Fisher Thornton This week you can listen to a brand new interview I did with Kate Kurzawska, host of the Timecamp Stay on Top of Your Work Podcast!

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What Does it Mean to “Do the Right Thing?”

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Complexity Ethical Leader Ethical Organization 7 lenses of ethical leadership clear ethics organizational ethics proactive ethical leadershipBy Linda Fisher Thornton The "Keep it Simple" approach is good for many situations, but keeping it simple will set you up for failure in ethics. Using an oversimplified approach to solving a complex ethical problem just means you leave out variables you should be considering.

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What Happens When You Ignore Complexity?

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Complexity Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking 7 Lenses complexity and ethics complexity in leadership ethical leadership complexity ethical thinking what is responsible leadership By Linda Fisher Thornton Ignoring complexity reduces the number of variables considered in a decision. That may seem convenient (see last week's post) but it also removes the nuanced thinking that is necessary for ethical decision making.

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What is Meaningful Leadership? (Part 5)

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Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking complexity and leadership ethical leader ethical leadership development ethics positive leadership Responsible LeadershipBy Linda Fisher Thornton What is Meaningful Leadership? 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 2 we explored a leader's own quest for authenticity.

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