Is Our Ethics Who We Are Or What We Do?


By Linda Fisher Thornton

This week’s question is about what defines our ethics – “Is our ethics based on who we are or what we do?” Some people would argue that we have a persona, a manner, that is either ethical or not. Others would say that it is our decisions and actions that define how ethical we are, and therefore our ethicality changes from moment to moment.

Instead of trying to decide which perspective is right, we would be well advised to take our lead from Aristotle. He conveyed in his famous quote “we are what we repeatedly do” that our ethical persona and actions cannot be separated. 

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About Linda Fisher Thornton
Linda Fisher Thornton is Founder and CEO of Leading in Context, and author of the award-winning book 7 Lenses. She teaches as Adjunct Assoc. Prof. for University of Richmond SPCS. She is leading a movement to help leaders and organizations Unleash the Positive Power of Ethical Leadership.

3 Responses to Is Our Ethics Who We Are Or What We Do?

  1. Thank you Dennis. I think it is through that struggle every day that we become better people and better leaders.


  2. Pingback: Is Our Ethics Who We Are Or What We Do? | HENRY KOTULA

  3. I believe this to be true and practice it in my life every day the best that I can.


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