By Linda Fisher Thornton
What sets ethical leaders apart from other leaders? They take the time to THINK before making decisions. And that’s not all they do that sets them apart. While they’re thinking:
- They’re listening to those they lead and seeking input
- They’re intentionally learning about the nuances of the context
- They’re wrestling with how to do the right thing
The Quick Answer Is Risky
While it may be satisfying for leaders to give QUICK answers to a complex problem, there are risks associated with those quick responses:
- The quick answers may create more problems than they solve (because the context is not yet fully understood)
- The quick answers may not be as polite or inclusive or respectful as they should be (because there’s no thinking process, which is necessary for managing emotions)
- The quick answers reveal a leader’s lack of careful thinking (to those who did take the time to understand the context).
When ethical leadership is required, the QUICK answer is risky business.
When is ethical leadership required? – Every moment of every day, on every project, in every role, while taking on every challenge and making every decision.
Ethical leaders take time to think before acting in all of these moments. When they encounter a similar problem in the future, they still take time to think. They don’t assume they have all the information they need, because they know that the context is perpetually changing.
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