Leading Ethically in 2014 (The Mindset and Action Steps)

123113NewYearsRBy Linda Fisher Thornton

During the launch of 7 Lenses:Learning the Principles and Practices of Ethical Leadership, I have introduced the philosophy and mindset behind the book. This is a mindset that sees ethical leadership as both a responsibility and an opportunity. 

The proactive 7 Lenses mindset is one that will lead to ethical leadership and also transform organizational metrics.  These timely articles published in Fox Business, The CEO Magazine, 800ceoread via LeadChange.com, the Management Excellence Blog and the LeadBig Blog, detail the mindset for ethical leadership success and the specific action steps that leaders can take to be intentional and proactive about ethical leadership. As you read, think about how taking these positive actions can transform your organization in the New Year.

“Face the complexity involved in making ethical choices.”                                                                                                           7 Steps to Ethical Leadership, Chad Brooks, Fox Business, smallbusiness.foxbusiness.com

“As leaders, we have to stay sharp, not just in terms of best leadership practices, but also in terms of our ethical competence.”                                                                                                                                                                                      Inside the Mind of an Ethical Leader, Guest Post, Management Excellence Blog by Art Petty

“Winning to the 7th power” means making decisions that honor all 7 Lenses – Profit, Law, Character, People, Communities, the Planet and the Greater Good. The whole picture, the full scope of our impact as leaders, pops into focus with this view. What we see matches the complexity of our work, our connections and our world.”                     Honoring Multiple Stakeholders (Without Losing Our Moral Grounding), Guest Post, LeadBIG Blog by Jane Purdue, Brainthwaite Innovation Group

“The evidence is clear that ethics has powerful positive benefits. Instead of thinking about the problems we can avoid through ethical leadership, we need to be thinking about how to take advantage of the powerful opportunities that proactive ethical leadership provides.”                                                                                        Ethics: Moving From Problems to Opportunities, Article, The CEO Magazine, the-ceo-magazine.com

“Aristotle said ‘We are what we repeatedly do.’ He was right. Our daily choices define us. They show just how far beyond ourselves we’re thinking, how broadly we imagine our constituents, and how we see ourselves in the world. As we navigate the turbulence of today’s workplace, there is power in asking ourselves, ‘What is it that I repeatedly do?’”                                                                                                                                                                             What Ethical Leaders Believe, Manifesto, leadchange.com via 800ceoread

Use these resources to develop your plan for leading ethically in the New Year. For more articles and resources, visit http://leadingincontext.com/resources/helpful-resources/ and http://leadingincontext.com/news/media-mentions/.

Wishing you and yours a Happy and Healthy 2014!


7 Lenses BookAbout Linda Fisher Thornton

As CEO of Leading in Context, Linda Fisher Thornton helps forward-thinking leaders and organizations bring out their best by developing ethical leaders and aligning ethical leadership performance systems. In 2013, she was named one of the Global Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior by Trust Across America.  Her new book 7 Lenses: Learning the Principles and Practices of Ethical Leadership provides a clear framework for learning to lead ethically in a complex world.   

About Linda Fisher Thornton
Author of 7 Lenses, Speaker, Bringing Out the Best in People and Organizations Through Proactive Ethical Leadership, CEO Leading in Context, 2014 Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior, Adj. Assist. Prof. of Ethics and Leadership, UR SPCS

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