Presentation on theme: "The Ethical Side of Leadership"— Presentation transcript:
1 The Ethical Side of Leadership “The great conversation across the centuries.”Dr. Helen EckmannJames L. Consulting
2 Michael J. Sandel, “Justice” “For if we turn our gaze to the arguments about justice and animate contemporary politics – not among philosophers but among ordinary men and women – we find a more complicated picture. It is true that most of our arguments are about promoting prosperity and respecting individual freedom, at least on the surface. But underlying these arguments, and sometimes contending with them, we can often glimpse another set of convictions –about what virtues are worthy of honor and reward, and what way of life a good society should promote” (Sandel, 2009 p. 8).
3 Sandel’s Harvard Website + Interview on Colbert Report
4 Why We Do What We DoValuesThoughtsDecisionsBehaviors
5 The Good Society – (Business & Government) No Agreement For 2,500 Years Aristotle – “so some can live the good life”Locke – “life, liberty and property”Rousseau – “same as the state of nature”Adam Smith – “absolute economic freedom”Marx – “economic equality”M.L. King – “natural rights”
6 Four Parameters What is true on the macro is true on the micro. If it is true in a personal situation it is also true in a professional situation.If a decision is based upon technical information then no leadership or ethics are involved.Ethics is about decision making of non-technical issues and opportunities.
7 Span of Control Concentric circles Interior working to the family/organization moving to the society/governmentMeFamily OrganizationSociety/ Government
8 Learning To Decide “What Is Good” BalconyDance Floor5Heifetz, R. Linsky, M. (2002). Leadership on the line. New York. Harvard University Press.
9 Learning To Decide “What Is Good” Tension Thinking
10 Learning To Decide “What Is Good” Frameworks Affect OutcomesSenge (2006). The fifth discipline; The art and practice of the learning organization. New York: Doubleday Publishers.
11 Three “Buckets of Moral Reasoning” Deontological“I am ethical if I follow the rules.”Teleological“I am ethical if I do the best for myself or for as many people as possible.”Virtue“I am ethical if I do what a ‘best’ role model would do.”
12 Three “Buckets of Moral Reasoning” 80% of all decisions have an ethical component.Each decision is made from one bucket.DTVKant, I. (1959). Foundations of the metaphysics of morals. (L. W. Beck, Trans.). New York: Macmillan Publishers.
13 The Eight Dials of Ethical Decision Making Truth vs. LoyaltyJustice vs. MercySelf vs. CommunityShort Term vs. Long TermPolite vs. AuthenticFair vs. EqualFantasy vs. RealityCompetition vs. Collaboration
14 Deciding between what I love and the truth. LoyaltyKidder, R. M. (1995). How good people make tough choices. New York: A Fireside Book, Simon & Schuster.
15 Deciding between giving others what they “deserve” and “giving them another chance.” JusticeMercy
16 Deciding between what is good for the smaller ‘group’ and the larger ‘group.’ SelfCommunity
17 Short-Term Long-Term Deciding between what is good right now and what might be good in the future.Short-TermLong-Term
18 Deciding between saying or doing what I think is true or what is politically correct. PoliteAuthentic
19 Deciding between who or what I think should receive an “exception” and when everyone should receive an equal amount.FairEqual
20 Deciding between Vision/Brainstorming/Possibility and being practical and grounded in reality. FantasyReality
21 Deciding between “going my own way” and “going the way of the group.” CollaborationCompetition
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