By Linda Fisher Thornton
Understanding What Causes Ethical Leadership Failures
Ethical leadership failures can be caused by different types of problems that may compound. Some of these problems are individual and others may be embedded in the organizational culture.
In 7 Lenses, I describe the kind of proactive ethical leadership that builds ethical cultures. The book is a road map for how to lead ethically in a complex world. While 7 Lenses is written from a positive perspective to help leaders avoid ethical problems and create ethical cultures, I often get asked “What causes ethical failures? What goes wrong?”
So this week I am exploring that question from two perspectives – that of what individual leaders do (or don’t do) and common organizational problems.
Individual and Organizational Causes
Here is a starter list of some of the factors that can lead to ethical failure. The list includes things that individual…
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