Leadership Ethics Online is concerned with American leadership values. We address these within a nonsectarian theistic framework. We really do believe there is a God, that God is moral and demands moral values, thinking, speaking and behaviors. We also understand there are some skeptics and atheists who reject theism, but who are more moral than some theists.
Ethics in America is our concern here: how to make things better, with better values, better uses of language, better policies in organizations, and better ways of preventing conflicts, intervening in conflicts, and resolving conflicts for lasting resolutions.
There is no doubt that the United States is suffering a meltdown in leadership values and practices. From recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings, such as Citizens United v Federal Election Commission (where the Court ruled corporations are “people” and campaign finance money is “speech” protected by the First Amendment), there are repeated, persistent events pointing to a moral vacuum and moral lostness among U.S. leaders in government and corporations.
The U.S. Constitution‘s Prologue sets forth the legal purpose of this nation. Though many persons never have considered this, each clause is a different legal purpose built on the Golden Rule; that is, the Common Good.
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
Mutual respect, if not love, for the American fellow citizen and neighbor, are contained in this short but expansive series of legal purposes. They all are moral purposes, framed in a national constitution, which presuppose strict legal and regulatory laws aimed for the Common Good, which includes both The People and organizations–like corporations–subservient to the U.S. Constitution.
Unfortunately, most Americans could care less about the legal foundation of their nation. Millions are more concerned to be near the front of the line for the latest version of their favorite smart-phone or device. Millions are more concerned to follow the next installment of some entertainment show. There is no reversing this problem on a national scale. These trends are based in generations of Consumerism, Egoism, and Hedonism.
So what can be done? The solution begins with you and your family. No one is responsible for your family except you. The solution begins with your position and authority in your organization. If your position is only to perform certain tasks, and your authority is limited to those tasks, then be your best every day, whether anyone notices or rewards you. Ethics begins with you, regardless of what others do.
Care about your Inner Moral Compass: doing the right thing, at the right time, for the right reason. If you are a theist, you believe this matters to God. If you are not a theist, you believe this matters to you, and those you affect and influence. Make alliances with ethical honest good people, regardless of religion or not.
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If you are an executive in any organization–for profit, not for profit, or nonprofit–who wants to use a bit of your authority to make a lasting positive difference in your group, consider discussing your organization’s needs with us.
There are many companies teaching Leadership and Ethics. Some rightly make uses of legal compliance issues, and address risk management. Some make use of synthetic programs combining social science, behaviorism, psychology, and human resources. Some honestly have a goal to “make the customer feel good, and feel as if progress has been made.” This goal is for repeat business. Everyone likes to feel good.
However, most problems in organizations did not develop overnight. The episodic problems are dealt with using documentation, discipline, up to and including termination. The DEEP PROBLEMS require (1) Honest concern; (2) Commitment to transparency; and (c) Excitement for the New Long-Term Change.
Whether you are an executive or manager who
- Personally needs ethics training and adjustment, for your own success in business and life;
- Professionally needs ethics training in how to use every day for ethical transformation in your group for more Unity, more Production, more Cooperation, and more Joy at Work; or
- Painfully need ethics training because of conditions in your team, which you cannot control, but which you need tools for better professional responses, within yourself and towards the group,
THEN consider this company. We have experience in legal compliance. We have experience in conflict prevention, intervention, and resolution. We have deep resources in ethics of all types. Most of all, we will not look you in the eye and try to sell you something.
You tell us exactly what the issues are. We will question and counter-question. Even if one or both of us decide we have no future in ethics training, that first and only exchange will rock your world. You will get a taste of what ethical training feels like, for free.
Since we are theists, we close with this: May God bless you in your search for solutions for yourself, for your family, and for your organization. AMEN!
John D. Willis, PhD, President