This week I’m looking at what it means to be a “smart” leader through the 7 Lenses (introduced in the book 7 Lenses) to get the full ethical context. Take note: You can do this with any idea, concept or project to better understand the ethical nuances.
Lens 1 Profit
“Smart” means making as much money as you can (which has no ethical grounding).
Lens 2 Law
“Smart” means avoiding punishments and penalties and taking advantage of loopholes for maximum gain (which isn’t leading with values).
Lens 3 Character
“Smart” means always thinking from a grounding in personal ethical values and ethical awareness.
Lens 4 People
“Smart” means being aware of our impact on a diverse group of others, working hard to benefit them and avoid harm.
Lens 5 Communities
“Smart” means pulling the community together and improving the lives of the people who live there.
Lens 6 Planet
“Smart” means protecting the planet, nature and ecosystems for our future well-being.
Lens 7 Greater Good
“Smart” means making life better for future generations.
Seeing the Whole Picture
Looking through these 7 Lenses of Ethical Responsibility, we see a picture that matches the highest levels of corporate social responsibility. We begin to realize that “smart leadership” includes acting on all of these lenses at the same time. This practical multi-lens perspective shows us the nuances of how we need to respond to our stakeholders and handle our ethical challenges.
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