7 Lenses: Learning the Principles and Practices of Ethical Leadership
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7 Lenses: Learning the Principles and Practices of Ethical Leadership

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Paperback, 158 Pages
Publication Date: 11/2013
*Now Shipping the New, Third Printing- released 12/2021

Get Ready For the Future of Leadership:
See beyond the "Triple Bottom Line" to 7 different perspectives on ethical responsibility that are all important.

Linda Fisher Thornton describes 7 dimensions of "ethical responsibility" that together give us the whole picture of values-based leadership in a global society.

The holistic 7 Lenses framework cuts through the complexity and disagreements about what ethics means and provides a powerful framework for leaders for learning how to apply ethical thinking, decision-making, and leadership.

With a Foreword by Stephen M. R. Covey, this book brings 7 different perspectives on ethical leadership to life and provides 14 Guiding Principles for honoring them all in daily leadership.

Seeing all 7 Lenses in a cohesive framework gets us away from a vague, or theoretical approach to ethics and gives us clear insights that we can apply to real ethical challenges.

The 7 Lenses of Ethical Leadership are:

Lens 1 - Profit (How much money will it make?)
Lens 2 - Law (What do laws and regulations require?)
Lens 3 - Character (What will demonstrate moral awareness & integrity?)
Lens 4 - People (What is the impact on the well-being of people?)
Lens 5 - Communities (How will we improve the communities we serve?)
Lens 6 - Planet (How will we protect life, nature, and ecosystems?)
Lens 7 - Greater Good (How will we make life better for future generations?)

Taking Leadership Thinking to a Higher Level

7 Lenses takes leadership development to a higher level by providing a clear context for understanding ethical personal, interpersonal, organizational, and societal choices. It answers these pressing questions:

1. How should leaders upgrade their thinking to better handle complexity and meet the needs of multiple stakeholders?

2. What are the principles and practices of ethical leadership at its best, at the highest levels?

3. How do different ethical perspectives and approaches relate to human development and effective leadership?

Leaders gain clarity on the nuances of today’s ethical challenges by seeing them through all 7 Lenses.

“This book meets an urgent need by providing a clear, detailed roadmap for ethical leadership. There are plenty of books that approach ethical leadership at the theoretical level. What Linda has done in 7 Lenses is to develop a practical, actionable model that managers and leaders can use as a guide to making ethical choices.”
–Stephen M. R. Covey, author of The Speed of Trust (From The 7 Lenses Foreword)

This book is deepening the conversation about ethics and providing a much-needed framework for managing the complexity of day-to-day leadership while staying grounded in values. It has received endorsements from top leadership thinkers.

“7 Lenses…challenges us to take a deeper look at how ethics and leadership not only go well together but also how they are inextricably connected to the others’ success.”
–Marshall Goldsmith, Thinkers50 Award Winner for Most Influential Thinker in the World

Ethical leadership at its best honors all 7 Lenses. This four-quadrant and 7-lens model for learning leadership with the values built-in applies across industries and geographic borders. Written for leaders who want to "do the right thing" and lead with ethical values, the examples, graphics, cases, and questions in this book provide a framework for deeply engaging constituents and building trust for the long term.

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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