By Linda Fisher Thornton
It would be “easy […] for organizations and leaders to become frozen by the magnitude of the changes under way” (McKinsey & Co., Management Intuition For the Next 50 Years). Success in future leadership requires being nimble and adaptive, flexing with constant change, and being ready for anything.
How should we stay grounded as we avoid crises and manage our way through a maze of increasing expectations?
Without a place to stand where we know what we believe, without a center to which we can return, we are adrift and at risk from the strong winds of short-sighted opportunism and unethical leadership.
Our center needs to be firmly grounded in values.
Without attaching ourselves to ethical values, we risk being swept toward the next shiny, compelling opportunity that presents itself (but is ethically the wrong thing to do).
We are assaulted with information (overloaded doesn’t begin to describe it) and desperately searching for meaning.
To thrive as leaders in this unpredictable future, we need to create meaning for ourselves and those we lead in the form of ethical values. Those values which we hold tightly will guide us as we make difficult decisions. They will help us avoid mistakes.
Values will guide us and those we lead through difficult times.
Without ethical values to guide us, we can forget who we are creating value for, and what our responsibilities are to our constituents. To thrive in leadership future, we need to tether ourselves to ethical values and hold on for dear life as the storm rages on.
We believe that ethics, integrity and trust are critical to our success.
…But what are we doing to clarify them, to tether our work to them, to teach our organizations how to apply them?
…Are we doing enough?
7 Lenses™ Workshops Engage Organizational Leaders in Learning:
- what it really means to lead with “integrity”
- how to center daily work in ethical values
- what is means to be morally aware and ethically competent
- how to lead in ways that bring out the best in others
- how to use clear ethical thinking and decision-making
- how to build lasting trust
- how doing all of the above transforms organizational results
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…Are we doing enough?
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