Developing Business Leader Future In response to the post "Business Leader Future: A Sketch" Graham posted a question about how we support leaders who are learning to lead in the ways described in that post. ♦ Here are some of my thoughts on how to help business leaders lead ethically through the complexities of their role:
Scholars and Practitioners Working Together Scholars and practitioners see the world from different perspectives in making ethical leadership practices clear, providing an opportunity for them to learn from one another. It takes both a research focus and a focus on real-world relevance to provide the kind of clarity that today's leaders need.
The well worn path that we have followed for years is easy to follow. We know the rules, the processes, the tools, the pitfalls and all other aspects of that path. Our comfort with that path makes it harder for us to see that even though the 'way we have always done things' has led us to success in the past, it may not in the future.
In my research I found that Vitamin D3 deficiency is being studied as a possible missing link in the research about a number of diverse health problems including Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, Autism, Cardiovascular Disease, Asthma, Dementia, Depression and Cancer. It is being talked about as a factor in our DNA being able to naturally repair itself (see the details in the articles and links below).
How Well are We Doing? For those who want to be able to assess their progress toward ethical standards, this week I'm sharing tools for comparing business practices with global ethical standards.
It is no surprise that there is not just one list of thinkers in management, leadership and business. There are many, and they vary in scope and topic. Here is a wonderful sampling of some of the top thinkers that impact business, management and responsible leadership:
How Will People Learn to Think Ethically if We Don't Teach Them? While we place a heavy emphasis on corporate education and childhood education as a nation, we don't often see "learning to think ethically" on the classroom agenda or the corporate training schedule. How can people be expected to navigate the complexities of life and work responsibly without learning how to think ethically?
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.
What is Transdiciplinarity? The Institute for the Future and the University of Phoenix Research Institute list transdisciplinarity as #7 in a list of skills critical for Workforce 2020. They define it as "understanding concepts across multiple disciplines."
New Video Explains the Importance of Respect in the Workplace Today's post features a video for leaders that is currently available at no cost in an effort to educate leaders about the importance of building respectful workplaces. And Highlights Recent…
"Communication Future" Our understanding of communication is changing rapidly and these articles preview what the future of communication may look like (and a history of where it's been). What Do We Need to Know? Successful communication requires new approaches in a connected global society. Some of the trends and changes featured in these articles include:
Learning and Motivation We now understand so much more about how people learn and what motivates them than we did as recently as ten years ago. People prefer to learn in their own ways, at their own pace, using the resources they choose. They enjoy following their curiosity and creating their own meaning.
Leaders and Information Overload In today's world of work, we have to keep up with an overwhelming amount of information scan trends and forecasts and incorporate the needs of multiple stakeholders into good solutions. Our job is to make sense out of all of it in order to make work life easier for those we lead. Since the world changes fast, we have to learn fast... and share it fast with our employees...and adapt to what we've learned. Social media has become the fastest information media available, tackling emerging issues long before mainstream publications do.
Many Programs Focus on Risk While many ethics programs focus on the risk side of ethics - compliance with laws and regulations, avoiding lawsuits, etc., there is an equally important side of ethics that involves helping others develop their own skills and abilities in ways that support the organization's mission. One important aspect of ethical leadership that may be overlooked when we view ethics using a "legal lens" is developing the performance potential of the people we lead. If we only think about following laws and avoiding legal problems, we may miss the important aspects of care that are part of ethical leadership.
Thank you for being committed to responsible leadership, and for following the Leading in Context® Blog. This Index includes over 100 posts that I have written on a wide variety of subjects related to responsible leadership. ... May they help you be successful on your leadership journey. Linda Fisher Thornton, CEO/Owner, Leading in Context LLC, LeadinginContext®.com © 2009-2011 Leading in Context LLC. All rights reserved.