The first step for making a good ethical decision is accurately identifying and weighing all considerations of an issue. To determine the best course of action, principled leaders must evaluate problems through an ethical perspective as well as a business perspective. Using ethical frameworks can guide decision-makers, and when practiced regularly, the ethical choice becomes an automatic consideration when faced with any dilemma.

Examples

Deans Professional: Professional ethics in practice

Better Business Bureau Ethics TORCH Award Finalist. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEYCp6OZXNs Used with kind permission of the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota &…

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BBB Better Series: Upside thinking

What does it mean to think upside down or to see the world completely differently than you are told to…

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The business case for working with your toughest critics

Former Vice President of Sustainability at McDonald's Bob Langert spoke at the 2019 Ted Summit about how he worked with…

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Where conduct is king

The National Blues Museum strikes the right chord with its business practices. In this video, Jacqueline K. Dace, Director of…

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Building a trusted brand is good for business

Creating a successful brand image is about finding what’s authentic to your company and letting it come through in your…

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Practical Guidance

Where bosses can find coaching and other leadership education

There are more options than you might expect for leaders looking to improve their game. Q: When you are the boss, where do you go for coaching? A: There are more options than you might expect for leaders looking to improve their game. Assessments, peer circles and one-on-one coaching all can be valuable resources to build skills. I often guide leaders to use a combination of these tools to help them identify their leadership and growth priorities and set goals. Assessments come in many forms — some are similar to online quizzes and others might be delivered by a certified…

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Identifying and training ethical leaders

The Ethics and Compliance Initiative (ECI) recently released a report, “Ethical Leadership Around the World and Why It Matters,” as part of its Global Business Ethics Survey. Among the results, researchers found that ethical leadership is key to lowering ethics and compliance risk. Unfortunately, they also found that leaders tend to have a more positive perception of their own and their organization’s integrity and ethical behavior than their employees do. Fortunately, leaders, with the support of L&D organizations, can take steps to improve their ethical leadership skills. What Is Ethical Leadership? Mike Esterday, CEO of Integrity Solutions, defines ethical leadership…

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A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.

Douglas MacArthur