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7 Lenses: Learning the Principles and Practices of Ethical Leadership Paperback – November 12, 2013
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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
About the Author
Linda Fisher Thornton is leading a movement to bring out the best in people and organizations through proactive ethical leadership. Named one of the 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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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.
It is a book about ethics, for sure, but to me it is really a book about leadership development - the holistic principles so clearly outlined underpin the journey towards transformational leadership, servant leadership, and sustainable leadership. It is a book about other-centredness, congruence in principles and deeds, the highest of aspirations for people and society. It will surely become a bible for those of us attracted towards these lofty aims.
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.
Through her examination of the 7 lenses from which we view and understand ethical leadership (and its corresponding 14 principles of these lenses in action), Thornton shows us we can balance through our leadership our own personal ethics and the ethics that govern our organization with those that serve the greater good.
Indeed, Thornton doesn't simply remind us why ethical leadership is necessary, but how it can help organizations to achieve their goals of profitability, durability through long-term success, and good corporate citizenry.
In this way, her book serves not just as an informative reminder of what we should do, but of what we were meant to do.