100th Blog Post: The Ethical Leadership Training Challenge

I am delighted to report that this is the 100th Leading in Context blog post! Special thanks to all of you who are subscribers and regular readers!

Today’s graphic is a Wordle of my article “Ethical Leadership Training: Why is it So Hard to Get it Right?”  published in the September 2009 issue of Training and Development by the American Society of Training and Development and reprinted in The Best of Leadership 2009: Leadership Development issue.

The scope of leadership ethics is broadening. Leadership ethics used to be about honesty, integrity, fairness, following rules and laws, and being true to your values. Now, in the global marketplace, with fierce competition for business and resources, the scope of problems that can occur in leadership ethics has expanded exponentially.

The global scope means that the issues we encounter may involve the widely differing values, rules, and laws of multiple companies and cultures. The way that we define “leadership ethics” has to be different in this new marketplace and has to incorporate more than individual values.

Linda Fisher Thornton in “Leadership Ethics Training: Why is it So Hard To Get It Right?, Training and Development Journal, American Society for Training and Development,  September 2009.

To read the complete article:  LeadinginContext.com/Articles 


For more, see Linda’s book 7 Lenses and the 21 Question Assessment: How Current is My Message About Ethics?

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  1. Hi Linda: Great post and reference article. Is it crazy how so many businesses struggle with ethics. I often ask my clients, what is ethics in business without first creating a moral philosophy of business?

    Any ethics training, code of ethics, etc., that does not include the development of a moral philosophy has a very weak foundation and crack WILL occur. Thanks for the post!


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