By Linda Fisher Thornton Each year I raise questions that help leaders stay current as ethical expectations change. Here are three new questions to ponder as we head into a New Year. They are important questions about our ethical intentions, action and impact that will help guide our choices in the coming year.
Senior leaders set the tone for the organization's ethics, but the senior leadership responsibility for values leadership includes much more than that. Today, I'll look at the senior leader responsibility for sharing clear expectations, and explore more important roles that go well beyond setting the bar for expected behavior.
By Linda Fisher Thornton Here we are at the end of the year already. So much of it has been a blur as we've scrambled to reinvent our work and daily habits to adapt to a persistent global pandemic.
Some people think about ethics as a theoretical concept that lives in procedures and regulations, but they're missing the point. Ethics is not just an esoteric concept. It's an actionable responsibility.
By Linda Fisher Thornton Lately we've been seeing too much content that is not grounded in understanding. Some of it is intentionally misleading and some of it is well-intentioned but misinformed.
By Linda Fisher Thornton Who is accountable for ethical artificial intelligence? How do you build accountability into your organization's use of AI? I was recently invited to answer those questions in a guest blog post published on the EDUCAUSE Professional Development Commons and EDUCAUSE Review. There is much more to think about when implementing AI than just efficiency and time savings. There are ethical implications at every step of the process. This article includes an overview of those ethical implications and steps organizations can take to build ethics into current and future AI projects.
By Linda Fisher Thornton This week I'm sharing an edited compilation of three previously published posts that are relevant for leaders and organizations wanting to honor human rights in chaotic times. The first addresses the risk of excluding any humans from our organizational statement of inclusion. The second explains why values transcend borders and boundaries, and the third explains that how we perceive people who are 'different' impacts our behavior and our ethics.
"For ethical leadership to stick, the culture needs an infrastructure that consistently supports acting on stated values...Ethical cultures treat ethical thinking as something that must be cultivated, demonstrated, and practiced over time."
By Linda Fisher Thornton It's important to understand the business impact of the Coronavirus challenge when making critical business decisions. A sound understanding of the situation combined with ethical values will help us make leadership decisions that will be good for our customers and the long-term viability of our business.
By Linda Fisher Thornton A pandemic happens to all of us. All our plans are scrapped and we have to reinvent ourselves in real time, with others depending on us for services. It is the ultimate leadership challenge.
While dealing with the catastrophic COVID-19 pandemic, we need to remember that good decisions are always made based on values. To confirm what those values are that should guide our choices, this week I'm sharing my Manifesto What Ethical Leaders Believe. This Manifesto frames ethical leadership in clear language, and is shareable under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License. It includes 10 Things Ethical Leaders Believe that transform their leadership and their organizations.