Posts Tagged ‘soft skills’

skills ethical leaders

In times of uncertainty, especially when the stakes are high, people look to their leaders with a greater sense of urgency and expectation.

Because these times tend to make us feel afraid, we often expect our leaders to do whatever it takes to guarantee our safety and survival – whether in terms of physical health, economic wellbeing or providing some sense of assurance about what the future holds.

However, leaders need to be careful about the ways they provide for these needs. Crisis leadership needs to be about preserving more than just safety and certainty – it needs to be about preserving our moral character, too. This isn’t easy to do, but there are some basic skills leaders can aim to develop that will help them practice a more ethical form of leadership. And these are the same skills we should be looking for when we’re deciding who deserves to lead us in times of crisis.

via Sydney Morning Herald ,18 June 2021

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leadership culture

Lee Eisenstaedt says in times of crisis, when the whole world has been turned upside down by a number of extraordinary events, we need something to believe in that consistently makes sense. It’s an island of security in an insecure climate. And, in many ways, the organisations we belong to can provide just such a feeling when they have a culture of leadership.

via Forbes, 4 August 2020

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moral reasoning

In the past two decades, social science has painted a pretty dour picture of the power of moral reasoning. To explain why people disagree so profoundly about ethical and political questions, pundits and scientists have claimed that humans systematically disregard evidence from experts, and that we rely on gut feelings instead of reason.

According to this pessimistic view, most of our moral judgments spring from automatic, unconscious and affective reactions. When we feel disgust toward someone, our disgust is what leads us to condemn their actions. Conversely, according to this theory, moral reasoning rarely shapes our moral judgments, but rather serves to justify our emotion-based judgments after the fact.

But is this pessimistic perspective the right one?

Psyche, 16 September 2020

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