7 Definitions of “Good” (Why We Disagree About Ethics)
September 17, 2014 2 Comments
By Linda Fisher Thornton
Why is it so difficult to agree on the right thing to do? One of the reasons we may not agree is that each of us may be using a different definition of what is “good.” Here are 7 different interpretations of what is ethically good, based on the framework in 7 Lenses: Learning the Principles and Practices of Ethical Leadership (2013). Which ones are you using in your leadership?
1 – Profit
Using the Profit Lens, we see what is “Good” in a money sense. Good means what is good for economic growth, good for income growth, and good for organizational growth.
2 – Law
Using the Law Lens, we see what is “Good” in a legal sense. Good means following all laws and regulations.
3 – Character
Using the Character Lens, we see what is “Good” in a morally grounded sense. Good means demonstrating character and integrity, and showing a high degree of moral awareness.
4 – People
Using the People Lens, we see what is “Good” for people’s well-being. Good means supporting people’s success and bringing out their best.
5 – Communities
Using the Communities Lens, we see what is “Good” for the health and well-being of communities. Good is what supports thriving families and provides needed community services.
6 – Planet
Using the Planet Lens, we see what is “Good” for the planet and nature. Good means protecting plants, wildlife and natural lands, and treating the planet and ecosystems that we depend on for our lives with care.
7 – Greater Good
Using the Greater Good Lens, we see what is “Good” in the broadest sense, at the highest level, for the longest-term. Good is what creates a peaceful, global society where people can thrive.
Which of these 7 Lenses do you use in your daily leadership? Hint: They’re all important for intentional ethical leadership.
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