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22 Quotes to Inspire Leaders in the New Year (Part 1)

By Linda Fisher Thornton

Are your leaders prepared for the year ahead? Each day will bring new challenges, and to succeed within ethical boundaries, we’ll all need a clear picture of “good leadership.”

This series is an annual tradition and this year’s posts include 22 quotes (each linked to a post with leadership guidance) to inspire you to grow your leadership skills to be ready for whatever 2022 may bring. Part 1 includes the first 11.

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On Patriotism, Nationalism, Globalism and Ethics

By Linda Fisher Thornton

I teach global leadership and applied ethics and my students often have questions about the differences between patriotism, nationalism and globalism. This post will explore the differences and their ethical implications. 

3 Steps For Dusting Off Your Leadership in the New Year

By Linda Fisher Thornton

When we start a New Year, it’s is a wonderful time to take stock of our leadership. The intense, conflicted global environment we face is formidable. Sitting still won’t keep our leadership up to the task. 

It’s definitely not a good time to let our leadership get dusty from a lack of attention. It’s time to take action.

Here are three things you can do to dust off your leadership and discover your best capabilities this year: 

Talking About What Matters (Part 1)

By Linda Fisher Thornton

This post begins a series on talking about what matters. Great attention is often paid to values in defining and marketing an organization. But what happens after that? It’s the ongoing dialogue about how to apply those values that brings them to life. 

Some leaders assume that if the values are written down, they will be followed. The problem with that assumption is that while people may WANT to follow the organization’s stated values, they may not know how.

The Ethics and Self-Interest Paradox

By Linda Fisher Thornton

There was a lively discussion on LinkedIn in response to my post “Ethics” Means Acting Beyond Self-Interest.” Readers joined in the discussion and came up with some very interesting observations.

15 Ways to Encourage Moral Growth in Leadership

By Linda Fisher Thornton

Moral Growth Is a Lifelong Pursuit

Moral education needs to start early, and it also needs to continue throughout our professional careers.

Unlocking Moral Awareness

How can we help leaders develop the moral thinking and awareness that they need to make good leadership choices? What specific conversations and experiences will support moral development?

Becoming “Business Leader Future”

“Business Leader Future” Post Struck a Chord With Readers

The response to the February 1, 2012 post “Business Leader Future: A Sketch” has been overwhelming. Thanks so much to all of you who retweeted, commented on and shared it on your favorite social media channels.

At the end of this post is a visual story, via Storify, of selected reader comments.

The Journey to Authentic Leadership

By Linda Fisher Thornton

The journey to authentic leadership is not an easy one. It’s full of challenges, and it requires developing a high level of self- and other-awareness over time. “Knowledge experiences” alone won’t be enough to stimulate the kind of learning that is required on this important journey.

5 Insights For the Class of 2021

By Linda Fisher Thornton

I have a special message for our 2021 graduates. Like 2020, this year has veered away from what we had hoped and planned. The COVID-19 pandemic is still a force in our lives that we must adapt to. And we’re weary, but also hopeful that there are better times ahead.

How can you start your college life or career under circumstances like these?

Top Post Series of 2020: Leading in Context Blog

By Linda Fisher Thornton

The Top Post Series for last year on the Leading in Context Blog reflected the ethical challenges of decision-making during COVID-19.

Truth and Misinformation: How To Spot False Narratives

This series addressed the fine points of how to tell the difference between a false narrative and a message that is true. Here’s a highlight quote from each post in the series that provides an overview.

Pandemic Leadership: 3 Questions To Ask in the New Year

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.