By Linda Fisher Thornton
Ethical leadership is evolving, and expectations are increasing. Will we be ready? As we go into the New Year, here are some questions to ponder:
1. What does “ethical” mean to me?
2. Would someone observing my leadership know that I intend to be an ethical leader?
3. If so, how would they know? If not, what could I do differently so that they would know?
4. How broadly am I considering what happens to my constituents?
5. Where could I be more proactive and intentional about my ethics?
6. How carefully am I managing my ethical competence?
7. How consistently do I show respect when my views don’t align with someone else’s views?
8. How well do I seek solutions that are mutually beneficial, not just self-serving?
9. How well do I model the highest ethical values so that others can learn from me?
10. How am I using my leadership and service to make a positive difference?
In the New Year, let’s be intentional about our learning journey, and seek ways to improve in all of these aspects of our leadership. If you’re feeling especially open to learning, ask your team to help you answer these questions about yourself. The insights you gain could be amazing.
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