Leadership: Evaluating Ethical Awareness

By Linda Fisher Thornton Ethical awareness may have been considered private in the past, but it has become easier to observe in a society that is always socially connected. Since ethical reputation is a defining element in individual and organizational success, it is time that we consider ethical awareness as a key element of experience when selecting leaders for our businesses, community organizations, governments, and nations.

17 Leadership Paradoxes

COVID-19 has brought us many challenges including balancing economic and human factors, moving quickly but taking time to show compassion and so on. This Center for Creative Leadership video succinctly introduces 6 paradoxes in the essential leadership skills required in a post-COVID world.

How to Be Human (Together)

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.

“Ethical Thinking Isn’t Automatic”

"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."

COVID-19 Response: 12 Resources for Business

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.

Foster Your Ethical Brand Reputation

By Linda Fisher Thornton Connect Magazine invited me to weigh in on why ethical brand reputation is so important and how brands can build and foster stronger images.­ In this article I share practical advice on protecting ethical brands and five top leadership trends I see unfolding in 2020.  It's worth a read for those who want to use the time during the pandemic to figure out how they can build a stronger company and a stronger brand that is ready for an uncertain future. 

Companies Doing Good in Bad Times

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.

10 Things Ethical Leaders Believe

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.

Leading With Values During the Pandemic

By Linda Fisher Thornton As we all grapple with the pandemic, I am grateful to see so many businesses sharing resources and ideas freely and finding a way to do some good for others. Our current challenges can only be managed with everyone pulling together to make good choices. Today I'm sharing three key values that should drive our decision making at this time when everything we carefully planned has been turned upside down.

Are Best Practices Really Best?

By Linda Fisher Thornton Organizations are facing multiple connected challenges. First, they need to prevent ethical mistakes in a high speed, highly transparent business environment. Second, they need to engage leaders in relevant ethical learning so that the principles "stick" and are used to handle real problems. Third, they need to help leaders apply ethical thinking so they don't just take "best practices" at face value.

Truth and Misinformation: How to Spot False Narratives (Part 2)

This is Part 2 in a Leading in Context blog series sharing information on how to spot misinformation and false narratives. In case you missed it, Part 1 explored truth and narrative. In Part 2, I will explore how data relates to the truth.

Ethical Thinking: 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 3 new questions to ponder as we head into a New Year. They are important questions about our ethical intentions, action…

Why It’s Time to Stop Saying We’re “Better Than” Other People

It's time to stop telling leaders they will only succeed if they are "better than" the competition. It's time for business schools to stop telling students that they are "better than" their peers in the class or "better than" students in other programs. It's time for teachers and religious leaders to stop telling people they can be "better than" everyone else.