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Leading in Context

What Influences Our Approach to Ethical Leadership

By Linda Fisher Thornton

What Influences Our Approach to Ethical Leadership?

When we talk about “ethical leadership” we are talking about the intersection of multiple connected variables that affect our choices. We choose our approach based on a number of variables that are influenced by our level of learning, growth and experience.

Here are some of the variables (which may be influenced by learning and development) that converge to define our sense of what “ethical leadership” includes.

  • Our Thinking
  • Our Behavior
  • Our Integrity
  • Our Performance
  • Our Traditions
  • Our World View
  • Our Values
  • Our Level of Moral Development
  • Our Ability to Deal With Complexity
  • Our Adaptability to Change
  • Our Motivation For Wanting to Lead
  • The Degree to Which We Hold Ourselves Accountable
  • The Degree to Which We Manage Our Emotions and Impulses
  • Our Assumptions About the Purpose of Leadership
  • Our Assumptions About the Purpose of Business
  • Our Perceptions of Our Responsibilities…

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