By Linda Fisher Thornton
In a previous post, I addressed some of the risks of not taking time to THINK before making decisions. Today, I want to explore why it is so important for leaders to understand the CONTEXT before they make decisions.
As shown in the graphic, the context (in all of its complexity) becomes the central feature in building awareness of any ethical issue. Without the context, we are not aware – we only see the parts of an issue that we want to see.
Learning about the complexities of an issue helps us see the potential impact of our decision on others.
We live in a world of human, economic, organizational, environmental and societal systems. Those systems interact globally in complex ways. Solving a complex problem without understanding it well can have unintended consequences.
A clear understanding of the context is an important part of staying ethically aware and competent, and both are necessary qualities for responsible leadership.
Ethical leaders know that there can be no ethical awareness without understanding the context, and without awareness, competence and responsibility are also out of reach.
Learn to Think in all 7 Ethical Dimensions
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