Global-Minded Ethical Leadership
September 4, 2013 2 Comments
Why We Need to Be Global-Minded
How do we need to think about global citizenship in ethical leadership? Ten years ago, “thinking global” may have only been considered the concern of multinational companies, but today it is something we all need to do. Here is how today’s ethical leaders think about their global responsibilities:
“We demonstrate care and concern for all of our constituents, and think on a global scale. We consider the needs of multiple stakeholders when making even routine decisions. We include the planet, communities and our global society among our stakeholders.”
Questions For Global Thinking
Because we are part of a connected society, we cannot think about ethics on a small scale. Our daily choices can have a global ripple effect, and that effect can be either positive or negative depending on our choices. We need to consider the long-term impact of every decision.
What kinds of questions should we ask ourselves to make sure we are thinking on a global scale? Here are some to get you started:
What impact will this choice have on silent stakeholders (who are affected, but not involved in the decision)?
How will it impact people around the world (even though we may never meet them)?
How will it affect the long-term health of the environment (which cannot speak for itself)?
What if every leader used long-term, global thinking?
About Linda Fisher Thornton
In 2013, Linda was named one of the Global Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior by Trust Across America. Linda’s new book 7 Lenses: Learning the Principles and Practices of Ethical Leadership is in final editing and due out in October, 2013. Contact Info@LeadinginContext.com for information about book launch incentives.
Leading in Context provides clear tools for businesses of all sizes for implementing “ethical leadership future.” For more information, visit leadingincontext.com.
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