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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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What is Meaningful Leadership? (Part 4)

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Ethical Leader Ethical Organization 7 Lenses ethical business ethical business leadership ethical perspectives holistic ethics Leadership leadership developmentBy Linda Fisher Thornton What is Meaningful Leadership? Seeking the Truth & Excavating Grey Areas Using Ethical Values 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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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What is Meaningful Leadership? (Part 1)

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Ethical Leader Ethical Organization CSR ethical leadership Leadership meaning positive leadership whqat is good leadershipBy Linda Fisher Thornton In this 5-part "What is Meaningful Leadership?" series, we'll look at 5 different aspects of meaningful leadership, each one revealing opportunities for leader awareness and growth. In Part 1, we'll look at the importance of creating meaningful work settings.

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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Leaders: Can You Control Ethics?

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Complexity Context Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking Trends 7 lenses book ethical business ethical issues ethical leadership in organizations what is ethical leadershipBy 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.

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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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18 Quotes To Inspire Leaders In The New Year (Part 1)

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Context Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking ethical leader ethics Leadership leadership and complexity leadership and ethics leadership valuesBy Linda Fisher Thornton Are your leaders prepared for the year ahead? Each day will bring new challenges, and to succeed within ethical boundaries, they’ll need a clear picture of “good leadership.”

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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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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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TAP Into Trust With These 12 Principles

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By Linda Fisher Thornton Every organization needs to pay attention to trust. It makes organizations better places to work where people want to invest time and plan careers. . Ethical Leader Ethical Organization 7 Lenses ethical leadership Leading in Context Blog Linda Fisher Thornton TAP into Trust trust Trust PrinciplesIt improves metrics including productivity, employee satisfaction and ethical brand value.

400th Post: The Journey to Meaning (Growth Required)

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Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking 7 lenses of ethical leadership ethical leadership development ethical responsibility Responsible LeadershipBy Linda Fisher Thornton I didn't set out to become a top blogger or thought leader. I set out to answer a question. In the process of answering the question, I started a journey that has changed my life. There's no fairy tale story here (is there ever?). It wasn't all by conscious choice, and it wasn't always a logical progression.

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18 Quotes To Inspire Leaders in the New Year (Part 2)

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Here are 9 more: Complexity Context Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking Trends ethical leadership trends ethics trends inspiring leadership leadership development and ethics leadership skillsBy Linda Fisher Thornton This series includes 18 quotes (linked to posts with leadership guidance) to inspire you and help you develop an ethical leader's mindset. Part 1 included the first 9.

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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.

Ethical Leaders Understand the Context

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Complexity Context Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking 7 lenses of ethical leadership business ethics blogs complexity and ethics ethical leadership behavior ethical thinking Leadership leadership contextBy Linda Fisher Thornton In a previous post, I addressed some of the risks of not taking time to THINK before making decisions. Today, I want to explore why it is so important for leaders to understand the CONTEXT before they make decisions. .

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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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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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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.

Lead With Questions, Not Answers

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Complexity Context Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking ethical leadership in a complex world ethics Leadership leadership developmentBy Linda Fisher Thornton Leaders Ask The Hard Questions While it's tempting to try to "have the answers," good leaders instead ask the hard questions. They may be questions for which the world does not have workable answers. They may be questions that help reinvent a company or industry.

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

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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. Ethical Leader Ethical Organization 7 Lenses of ethical responsibility business leadership ethical leader Leadership leadership values

Ethical Leadership Interview on Culture Hacker Podcast

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Complexity Context Ethical Leader Ethical Organization culture building ethical brand value ethical business culture ethical culture what is ethical leadershipBy Linda Fisher Thornton I am delighted that Shane Green, author of Culture Hacker, invited me to be a guest on his podcast to talk about ethical leadership and culture. Culture is what we make of it.

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Prevention or Cure? Your Choice

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Ethical Leader Ethical Organization Ethical Thinking Trends 7 lenses book avoiding ethical messes ethical business proactive ethical leadership proactive ethicsBy Linda Fisher Thornton Senior leadership teams and boards have a choice. In their ethics strategy, they can focus on prevention or cure. The cure approach is reactive and messy. It involves waiting for something bad to happen, then scrambling to do damage control.

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Ready to Change the Ethics Quo (For Good)? Part 4

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Here are 3 ways to inspire leaders to reach for positive values - that also help you "do good" in your organization, community and world. Context Ethical Organization 7 Lenses of ethical responsibility ethical leader ethical organization values based leadershipBy Linda Fisher Thornton Leadership is not easy. Leaders need to be inspired to lead with positive values while dealing with the goals and expectations of multiple stakeholders.

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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

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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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