10 Trends Shaping the Future of Ethical Leadership

By Linda Fisher Thornton We need to get leadership right because so much depends on it. Many global factors are driving changes in ethical leadership expectations, and in high-stakes times, how we handle ethical leadership development can make or break our success. This week I've created a graphic that brings the expectations and priorities into clearer focus.

When Position Power and Ethics Collide

By Linda Fisher Thornton Our responsibilities as a citizen, worker, leader, family member, and friend require us to choose ethics over loyalty. Yet, when we do, it can surprise people. Maybe that's because it is not the easiest path to take. Here's a story about a situation I faced very early in my career, when I was in my 20s.

Ethical Awareness is a Moving Target

By Linda Fisher Thornton How well is your organization navigating the ethical pitfalls of the working world? If you're finding it to be a major challenge right now, you're not alone. Why is it so hard to navigate ethical minefields now? There is currently a "toxic soup" of factors at play...

Digital Deception: Unethical Sleight of Hand

Things are not always as they seem. Technology has advanced to the point that we can't be sure whether or not what we're seeing is real. There are many new ways that bad actors are usual digital sleight of hand to trick us. And the list is growing. It will take a healthy dose of skepticism, critical observation and research skills to find out if what we see is as it appears. Educate yourself and your teams about these methods of trickery and how to spot them:

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.

A COVID-19 Leadership Reset: Moving Beyond Paradox

By Linda Fisher Thornton It's been a tough year for everyone, and much of the strain has fallen on leaders. They have had much more to think about and juggle than they usually have to consider in a typical year, and the stakes have been much higher. Today I'm sharing a collection of curated resources that will help leaders achieve a leadership reset for adapting to COVID-19.

Beliefs Are Complicated

By Linda Fisher Thornton Part 1 in the Truth and Misinformation: How to Spot False Narratives series explored truth and narrative, and Part 2 examined how data and motives relate to the truth. Part 3 addressed the importance of media literacy. In Part 4, we take a deeper look at truth and belief.

5 Ways to Avoid Opinions That Lack Insight and Understanding

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.

Pluralism: 9 Elements Required For Ethical Leadership

By Linda Fisher Thornton Pluralism is required in our leadership thinking because it drives how we treat people and make decisions. It's the mindset required for important ethical leadership responsibilities such as respect, inclusion, and cultural awareness.

Truth and Misinformation: How to Spot False Narratives (Part 4)

By Linda Fisher Thornton To wrap up a recent series of posts about truth, misinformation and how to spot false narratives, here is a summary of key points and questions for discussion.

Leadership Lessons We Can Learn From Isolation

By Linda Fisher Thornton Some people may think that the change we are experiencing as a result of COVID-19 is a temporary inconvenience, but it's much more than that. It's a wake-up call that we have been living too close to the edge, rushing through precious moments. We have been postponing sustainable practices that can contribute to our wellness and the well-being of the planet. Now that the pandemic has slowed the clock on the daily rush hour and frequent flyer miles, we can see what clean air looks like. Our leadership responsibility, like the air above our cities, is clear.

Leaders: Manage Job Loss During COVID-19 With Care

By Linda Fisher Thornton I was asked to weigh in on several important questions about the economy and job loss during the COVID-19 pandemic for an article about unemployment that appeared at WalletHub.com. Leaders may feel that they are somewhat powerless to help when people are laid off. There is a sense that their options are limited by the constraints of the situation and the business’s current economic challenges. I believe, though, that even when job loss or reduction in work hours is inevitable, there are still things leaders can do to help meet people’s deepest human needs.

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.