Global-Minded Ethical Leadership

On a Global ScaleBy Linda Fisher Thornton

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.”

The Leading in Context® Manifesto

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?

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Improving Lives and Organizations

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Proactivity, Performance and Potential

Possibility, Service and Making a Difference



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

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  1. We must begin with our nearest and dearest, that’s where ethics has ‘its’ home. What is good and right for my first born is good for mankind? These are facts of life, a thing that is indisputably the case and may not be disputed.

    We must strive to attain an equilibrium within a working reality where commerce will thrive in our corrupt world. This is ethical, is to try and try again as with our first born, this first born whom must bare-the-brunt of our stupidity.


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