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Ethics 101: What Every Leader Needs To Know (101 Series) Hardcover – May 11, 2005
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This book (whose original title was "There's No Such Thing as `Business' Ethics") by leadership expert John C. Maxwell is an easy-to-read, small book that states that ethics is not complicated. Maxwell explains:
"Ethics is ethics. If you desire to be ethical, you live by one standard across the board...Educators, philosophers, theologians, and lawyers have taken what is a simple matter and made it very confusing...This book's goal is to help you find the way to live and work ethically and also achieve greater success."
The one "standard" Maxwell recommends using in all situations is the Golden Rule: the precept that one should behave toward others as one would want others to behave toward oneself.
Maxwell does a good job in explaining why the Golden Rule is the standard to be used in all situations. However, the only situation he uses in his numerous, true, effective example stories is the type (RIGHT versus WRONG). For example, a cashier gives you too much change. The WRONG thing to do is to keep the extra change. The RIGHT thing to do is thus to give the extra change back.
The author gives many quotations from prominent people to get his points across. One of my favorites is a quotation from Ted Koppel:
"There's harmony and inner peace to be found in following a moral compass [he's referring to the Golden Rule] that points in the same direction regardless of fashion or trend."
Maxwell touches on the fact that all people are not the same and that the rule may have to be slightly altered to accommodate them.
A feature of this book is that certain important summary points are taken out of the main narrative and bordered between two horizontal lines for easy reference.Read more ›
This is not the book that offers guides to how the definition of ethics can vary from one legal code to another. It is rather a book that offers guides on how to live one's life and do one's job with longterm success.
"If you want to do something that will make an impact beyond your own life," Maxwell writes in summary, "then treat people better than they treat you, walk the extra mile, help people who cannot help you, do right when it's natural to do wrong, and keep your promises even when it hurts."
He divides the world into people who "go for the gold" and people who "go for the golden rule" and finds the latter are much more successful in ways that really matter than the former.
This book is an excellent supplement and response to much narrower attempts by lawyers, college professors, numerous professional groups, state government ethics commissions, good government advocates and others to treat ethics as a legal code which one needs legal advice to interpret, honor, or defend oneself from.
Ethics, Maxwell says, is not a complex issue. Ethics is about living a life worthy of self-respect, and the respect of family members, colleagues, and competitors.
While this book and its principles and lessons are more geared towards business leaders and those who work in the corporate work-force, this has real, tangible and effective lessons that can be translated into any place where one may be called to lead (retail, food service, government, military, etc.) Leadership and behaving ethically with a solid moral compass are universal lessons.
Simple and well organized, the author separates key points into bullet format and smaller paragraphs that really drive the points of his message home. While not every book on leadership can be read by leaders, this one should be, there's no reason not to at just 100 pages. The use of short stories from the Author's background as well as well-known people also help to give some perspective and insight into what he's trying to say.
I enjoyed this book and found that it has a lot of lessons that can be taken away and used in the real-world such as keeping promises, taking the hard right over the easy wrong, building a strong team, developing a commitment to integrity and honesty, etc. Definitely worth the read and the small price, the return on ethics teaching is ten-fold.
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Absolutely love this book! I use it when teaching ethics and it is easy to read and follow and packed with every day common sense!Published 1 month ago by Jas
The author flippantly dismisses the entire enterprise of academic ethics, attempting to reduce ethics into a series of platitudes with which he specifically agrees. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Adam Wilson
Nice short book with good information. Has things I can put in place with my sales team.Published 2 months ago by Robert59
This book had a lot of good information for my class assignments and posts. It was a great help.Published 5 months ago by Katherine Grosshans
I would recommend this book for anyone who needs to learn about ethical behaviour. I used it to help in my business ethics class.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer