“Ethical leadership. The coin of the realm.”
That was the opening pronouncement from one of the participants in a recent meeting I attended of business and nonprofit executives discussing ethical leadership.
While everyone around the table nodded and responded positively to this highly-regarded colleague, there were no direct responses. This initial comment, however, set the tone for some internal debate, and not long into the discussion another participant stated passionately: “I can’t remember the last time I heard about a business leader taking a strong stand on anything having to do with values and ethics. Everyone is concerned about shareholder return or simply survival.”