by Linda Fisher Thornton
On Thursday, I spoke with Human Resource leaders attending the Richmond SHRM Strategic Leadership Conference about The Future of Ethics and Business Leadership.
The lens I used to frame the discussion was leadership development – how we can prepare leaders to lead ethically in a highly complex, connected future.
Here are some highlights from my presentation – a few of the important success principles for developing “Ethical Leader Future.”
Use a Values-Based Approach
- When we aim our leadership ethics training toward meeting laws and regulations, we are aiming at the minimum standard.
- A compliance-based approach to leadership ethics focuses on avoiding violations and penalties.
- A values-based approach to leadership ethics teaches our leaders the values we want them to use as they make decisions every day.
- When we ignore complexity, we tend to teach the part of “ethical leadership” that is crystal clear and easy…
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