We all know about Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, but here is a lesser known quote that can help guide us: “Cowardice asks the question, 'Is it safe?' Expediency asks the question, 'Is it politic?' Vanity asks the question, 'Is it popular?' But, conscience asks the question, 'Is it right?' And there comes a time when one must take a position that is … [Read more...] about Dr. King: “Do What Is Right”
Most organizations are interested in developing an ethical workforce for a wide variety of reasons – from basic compliance concerns to performance issues. In a recent issue of Harvard Business Review, an article suggests that our development as ethical leaders is a lifelong evolution. Organizations can be very intentional about fostering that continuing development in a … [Read more...] about Creating Your Ethical Laboratory
Your Reputation may be one of the most important assets you have as a Leader. How’s yours? Leadership coach and author, Ron Carucci, suggests that we each need to pay special attention to one particular aspect of our reputation – our trustworthiness. He suggests four key practices to build trustworthiness between ourselves and others: 1. Be Who You Say You Are. … [Read more...] about How is Your Reputation?
Have you ever worked for someone you didn’t trust? Maybe it was hard to put your finger on why, so you just chalked it up to mismatch of personalities. Or maybe you’re leading a team that doesn’t seem to trust you! What’s behind that? A forthcoming book by Sandra Sucher and Shalene Gupta can help you diagnose the reasons behind not trusting – or not being trusted – and … [Read more...] about Earning Your Team’s Trust
The author of a recent article in Harvard Business Review suggests that we are in the midst of an “ethical revolution” in which leaders and organizations are held more accountable for their behavior. We can all be part of this “revolution” by using some of these ideas to help make integrity more than a written code of ethics. *Leadership, Leadership, Leadership. Nothing … [Read more...] about Valuing Integrity