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Online Learning to Rebuild With Clarity And Purpose

25 May, 2020

Prior to the pandemic communities were becoming increasingly vocal about their expectations of business and government. Organisations that responded to these expectations with strong ethical leadership experienced benefits in terms of brand safety, reputation management, staff retention, compliance and growing market share. In 2019, reflecting this, the Business Roundtable announced a new Statement of the Purpose of a Corporation which shifted the primacy from shareholders to stakeholders.

 Organisations’ responses during the current crisis are being closely watched by these stakeholders, as will be their choices moving forward. They will have to clarify their values, and develop new strategies and ways of operating.

Whether your current focus is on risk management, crisis management or imagining what the future looks like for your organisations, a strong ethical base going forward is vital.

Building a successful ethical culture means, as Nicholas Epley, John Templeton Keller Professor of Behavioral Science, says, “attending carefully to the contexts people are actually in, making ethical principles foundational in strategies and policies, keeping ethics top of mind, rewarding ethical behaviour…, and encouraging ethical norms in day-to-day practices”

Most people know what’s right or wrong, but keeping ethical considerations top of mind when making decisions can be more difficult, or a lower priority.  A culture with ethics at the centre can reduce ethical lapses by making it the norm to think, Is it right? rather than Is it legal?

“The need for leadership development has never been more urgent. Companies of all sorts realize that to survive in today’s volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous environment, they need leadership skills and organizational capabilities different from those that helped them succeed in the past.….” The Future of Leadership Harvard Business Review.

Despite the current limitations on travel and professional development budgets, now is the time to be investing in your ability to lead ethically. Online learning can deliver leadership development, regardless of location, cost effectively and efficiently.  As your organisation or sector grapples with its specific challenges, it’s vital you lay the right foundations to rebuild with clarity and purpose.

Navigating complexity through an ethical lens is Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership’s strength. We’ve been doing it for over 25 years. Ethical organisations win the trust and respect of employees, clients, suppliers, and the wider public. But ethical leadership is hard. Equip yourself with an Executive Ethics online program, wherever you are.

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