The Missing Domain: Ethical Thinking

By Linda Fisher Thornton

Using the commonly taught types of thinking is very useful in life, and helps us be better professionals and business people. But there’s a catch.

Critical thinking can help you understand why a problem happened. It won’t help you find the most ethical solution to the problem once you identify it.

Creative thinking can help you figure your way out of a business challenge. It won’t keep you within the lines of appropriate and responsible behavior.

Design thinking can help you create amazing interactive technologies. It won’t help you resolve the new ethical issues those innovative technologies generate.

Even if we’re using all three types of thinking in our leadership, there is something important missing. 

“Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.”

C. S. Lewis

This quote from C. S. Lewis reminds us that values are necessary for higher level decisions and actions. They help us overcome selfish tendencies and guide us to consider how our choices will impact others. 

It Guides Responsible Behavior

Learning ethical thinking is an important part of human development, but many schools continue to teach subjects without it. 

It Helps Prevent Ethical Mistakes

Ethical thinking is central to many organization’s leader hiring process, but often left out as a grounding theme in leadership development. If your leadership development is not ethics-rich, here’s the big question. 

It’s Our Job 

Why are we teaching a high level understanding of subjects without teaching the ethical thinking to responsibly apply what people learn?

Why are people learning ethical thinking the hard way by making ethical mistakes we could be helping them prevent?

It’s our job as leaders to fill in the critically needed missing domain.

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Leading in Context LLC Publishes “Ethical Implications of How Leaders Perceive Different” Module

Leading in Context LLC Publishes “Ethical Implications of How Leaders Perceive “Different””

Leading in Context LLC has published its first eBook “Ethical Implications of How Leaders Perceive Different.”  The eBook provides a talking context for businesses seeking to understand what it means to lead ethically and to incorporate ethical practices into daily leadership.

How leaders perceive “different” ideas and people impacts leadership behavior and causes changes in organizational culture, employee engagement and the ability of a business to innovate and adapt.

eBook With Context Graphics and Case Study

“Ethical Implications of How Leaders Perceive Different” is a nine-page eBook designed to enhance leadership development programs by providing a thinking context for ethical leadership. The context graphics depict a continuum of “Five Leader Perceptions of “Different” and “Resulting Leader Behaviors.” The materials are designed to be used to enhance current company leadership programs.

Included in the eBook:

  • Overview of the Ethical Implications of How Leaders Perceive “Different.”
  • Questions for Individual Reflection
  • Context Graphic “Five Leader Perceptions of ‘Different’” and “Resulting Leader Behaviors”
  • Questions for Group Discussion
  • Group Business Case: The Ethics of How we Perceive “Different”

The context graphics are compelling and will appeal to business leaders at all levels in organizations. Business Schools, Chief Learning Officers and External Consultants will find that the materials take the learning conversation about ethical leadership to a higher level.

Note: Ethical Implications of How Leaders Perceive “Different” is no longer available in the Leading in Context® Store. Contact for Information.



For more, see Linda’s book 7 Lenses and the 21 Question Assessment: How Current is My Message About Ethics?
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