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This book is a thought-provoking look at ethical responses to leadership challenges. I highly recommend it as a tool for having meaningful discussions with leaders in your organization. ----Dr. Mark Goulston, M.D., Co-Founder of Heartfelt Leadership and Author of International Best-Seller Just Listen

Thank you, Linda! It's about time we got past the simplistic rule-based do's and dont's approach to ethics that ties us in can't-win knots. 7 Lenses offers just the type of principle-based ethics leaders can use to take responsibility for the greatest number of wins across diverse contexts. ----Christopher Avery, Founder and President, Partnerwerks, Inc.

7 Lenses is a CEO must-read for gaining a fresh perspective on ethical leadership and what it can mean to the success of your organization. -- --Chip Conley, Founder Joie de Vivre Hospitality and Fest300 and NY Times Best Selling Author of Emotional Equations

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Linda Fisher Thornton is leading a movement to bring out the best in people and organizations through proactive ethical leadership. Named one of the 2013, 2014 and 2015 Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trust by Trust Across America, Linda is CEO of Leading in Context LLC and Adjunct Associate Professor for The University of Richmond School of Professional and Continuing Studies. Linda's focus as a leadership development consultant is on understanding ethical responsibilities, using respectful interpersonal behavior and building high-trust workplaces where employees can do their best work. A recognized authority on the future of ethical leadership, she tells the human story of the kind of leadership we need - fully inclusive, respecting differences, and building trust inside organizations and across boundaries. Her business website is LeadinginContext.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 158 pages
  • Publisher: Leading in Context LLC; 1st edition (November 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936662116
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936662111
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #576,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Thank you Linda! It's about time we get past the simplistic rule-based do's and don'ts approach to ethics that ties us in can't-win knots. 7 Lenses offers just the type of principle-based ethics leaders can use to take responsibility for the greatest number of wins across diverse contexts. I'll recommend it to the enlightened leaders I support in their study of responsibility.

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Partnerwerks Inc.
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As usual, my friend Christopher, thought leader and visionary in defining a new standard for leadership and author of the Leadership Gift and Responsibility Redefined, has always given me a stimulating article or book. This one is no exception! Outstanding organization of 7 Lenses and 14 daily principles that will lead to a redifinition of ethical leadership and the promises of potential benefits to the greatest range of stakeholders, while building that core value that has been eroded over time.........TRUST!

Lisa Fisher Thornton has tapped into a potential river of flowing water from a well of ethical behavior that I believe almost everyone thirsts for in their personal and professional lives. It is an easy to read and understand premise and set of behaviors that I think most of us struggle to balance in our leadership walk daily. Pressures, pushing us to make decisions we might not otherwise make, are easily identified using the 14 daily principles that Lisa and defined. Your challenge is to balance the decision making process using the 7 lenses to form a more holistic decision and set of values that guide and ground your decision making ability.

Run, don't walk to buy this valuable resource and then join the movement to change the definition of "IS" when defining ethical leadership.
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Thornton’s brilliant 7 Lenses should be on every leader's reading list! She has distilled a breathtaking clarity on to create ethical, high-trust workplaces where people can do their best work, creating shared value for multiple constituents. Most importantly, she provides an invaluable ethical leadership road-map to achieve all this.
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In today's connected, complex world, where the ability to cultivate and sustain trusting relationships with myriad stakeholders is vital to personal and organisational credibility, ethical leadership has never been more needed. Countless recent scandals are testament to the sad fact that the demand for such leadership has frequently been let down by its supply. From the exploitation of garment workers in Bangladesh to the underwhelming figures on employee engagement in most countries, there is a sense that we are frequently let down by those who lead us. And yet there are multitudes who want to collaborate well across increasingly global boundaries to address the numerous universal issues that threaten the stability and sustainability of our world. Linda has written this book for all of us who seek to make a positive difference in lives, organisations, communities, and the world.

One of the things that we have lacked is a clear, unambiguous and practical framework for agreeing on what is right, so that we can apply common principles and standards to our leadership adventure, contextualised appropriately to geography, industry and interest. Linda shines a clear and lucid light on how to do this through her 7 lenses model, which provides a practical roadmap of the learning journey towards bequeathing a planet we can be proud of to future generations. She clearly outlines a list of the dimensions of ethical responsibilities, provides well-articulated and case-illustrated descriptions of the principles of leading ethically, and asks penetrating questions that will challenge every aspiring leader to explore their personal and organisational practice at many levels.
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When you run a business, you're responsible to a variety of stakeholders. Customers, shareholders, and employees are the big three that come to mind. In the past several decades, the idea that our communities are a fourth set of critically important stakeholders has gained awareness and traction.

In 7 Lenses, Thornton takes the idea of stakeholders even further arguing that as business leaders we need to be responsible not only for our immediate communities, but also for something she calls "the greater good," which includes the global community, both now and in future generations. She lays out 7 lenses through which to see the world (mindsets) and 14 guiding principles (practices or behaviors).

It's a great book to help leaders pause and take stock of the lenses through which they tend to view the world. It allows them to ask themselves, what if anything is missing? There was a case at the end of Chapter 7 involving a woman deciding if/how to expand her car dealership. Thornton's walks us through how she might use the model to assist in complex decision making. I found it to be a helpful framework for considering thorny ethical issues that leaders face.
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"Ethical responsibility" is a grand term that can seem way too vague to be useful. By presenting leadership ethics through 7 perspectives, the author offers leaders a clear, cogent way to examine their individual beliefs and practices. Organizations also can use the ethical lenses to broaden and deepen their understanding of the implications of their stated, versus lived, values. I'm finding 7 Lenses a valuable tool to use in my own leadership coaching practice.
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