By Linda Fisher Thornton
St. Patrick’s Day is coming up, and today I offer some food for thought (with a 5-leaf clover thrown in).
You would need the 5-leaf clover pictured above to keep you out of trouble if you were to say these things to someone without strong ethical leadership. But these 5 things are pretty safe to say to an ethical leader.
5 Things It’s Safe to Say to An Ethical Leader
1. Just be yourself.
2. Do whatever it takes to get the job done.
3. Take whatever you need.
4. Let me know what I can do to help.
5. Do what you think is right.
Ethical leaders have their own internal moral compass and an awareness of the ethical impact of their choices. You can trust them to make decisions that honor people, laws, the environment and workplace boundaries. When you tell them to “just be themselves” or “do what you think is right” you can be confident that they will consider the ethical impact of their behavior and make responsible choices.
What would you add to this list?
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Wonderful wisdom, Barbara. Thank you for sharing it.
And to be yourself and in particular do what you think is right, might need two tools: one is slowing down and listen silently to your inner wisdom, your inner governance. And sometimes we need inspiring stories to take courageous steps as leaders to be fully aligned with our values.
Excellent post. Thanks so much!