Leading the Conversation About Ethical Leadership

By Linda Fisher Thornton Dialogue is a powerful tool for developing ethical organizations. Workplace issues are complex and opinions will always vary about what ethical behavior means. This combination creates a kind of "murky uncertainty" that keeps employees from giving us their best, most ethical performance.

Building an Ethical Leadership Culture (Webcast)

By Linda Fisher Thornton I was recently invited to co-present an ASTD Public Manager Webcast “Developing Ethical Leaders and an Ethical Government Brand” with John Umana. While the Webcast which aired on March 19, 2013 was customized for government HR and Training leaders, the content is applicable across industries.

10 Thinking Traps (That Ethical Leaders Avoid)

Avoid These 10 Thinking Traps What are some of the thinking traps that we fall into as leaders? I'm not referring to "correlation versus causation" and other logical reasoning problems. There are some common ways of thinking about business leadership that…

Twitter Helps Leaders “Think Global”

Twitter helps us learn to "think global" in a connected global society. It can transform us and the way we do business. It keeps us current, connects us with a global network of information and provides real-time data. I've sprinkled in some statistics along with my own observations about the learning benefits of Twitter.

10 Ways to Avoid the “Rightness” Trap

10 Ways to Avoid the "Rightness" Trap There were quite a few responses to last week's post about "rightness, Is Needing to Be "Right" Unethical?, which seemed to strike a chord with readers. These are just 10 of the themes raised by readers in their comment. Collectively, these themes represent 10 ways to avoid falling into the "rightness" trap.

Don’t Separate “Ethics” From “Leadership”

Preparing For Ethical Leadership Preparing leaders for ethical leadership is a long-term process. It requires careful thought about the messages we are sending. For example, what message are we sending when we separate ethics training from other leadership training? The Risks of "Separate" Ethics Training I believe that we take an unnecessary risk when we separate ethics training from the rest of a leader's development. When we separate ethics training and leadership training, we may be unintentionally sending the message that ethics is separate from leadership. What could be the harm of separating ethics from leadership?

The Leadership Development Advantage

by Linda Fisher Thornton Developing Leaders Pays Off Ongoing development for leaders helps companies. According to several recent reports, businesses that invest in leadership development enjoy clear advantages. These advantages include improved bench strength, improved talent retention and greater market value over time.

2011 Most Ethical Companies

Which companies are the world's most ethical? It depends on who you ask! Three reports posted at Ethisphere.com, MillwardBrown.com and Forbes.com reveal their rankings. Ethisphere's World's Most Ethical Companies 2011 at Ethisphere.com organizes the mostethical companies by industry and country. Ethics Impacts Top Brand Value The Forbes Top Brands Report at Forbes.com lets us choose how you want to see the rankings by clicking the term at the top of the table. You may choose to rank based on Trust, Ethical Leadership, Innovation, Revenue, Advertising Spending or Industry. It's interesting to see the names change when you compare the revenue rankings to the ethical leadership rankings.

Ethics at the Intersection

Why is it such a challenge to determine how we interpret "ethical leadership?" Because there are many different ways of determining what we consider to be ethical. Even while trying to be responsible we can still miss the mark by a mile. Consider some of the possible ways that a leader might interpret ethics.

100th Blog Post: The Ethical Leadership Training Challenge

This graphic is a wordle of the article "Ethical Leadership Training: Why is it So Hard to Get it Right?" which was published in the September 2009 issue of Training and Development by the American Society of Training and Development and then was reprinted in its Best of Leadership 2009: Leadership Development issue. The full article is posted on the LeadinginContext®.com website: LeadinginContext.com/Articles

5 Unethical Phrases: Low Trust

How we treat people is an important part of ethical leadership. It is also a critical part of building trust in the organization. These 5 phrases signal that the speaker may not be treating other people in the company respectfully and may not be considering the ideas and concerns of others when making decisions:

Definition of “Top Brands” Evolving: Ethical Business Rankings Inform Purchasing Consumers

Will there be a convergence between the current "top 100 brands" and the "most ethical brands?" Brands that are the most ethical will continue to draw consumers wanting to support ethical business. Those consumers now have many sources of information to use in making purchasing decisions. Businesses - prepare to be ranked on ethics!