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7 Lenses

7 Lenses

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Leading in Context LLC
6.1 X 8.9 in
158 pg

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

Top 100 Thought Leader in Trust Linda Fisher Thornton describes 7 dimensions of "ethical responsibility" that together give us the whole picture of ethical leadership in a global society. The holistic 7 Lenses framework cuts through the complexity and disagreements about what ethics means and gives you a powerful framework for ethical decision-making and action. 

Learning about all 7 Lenses in a cohesive framework gets us away from a vague, theoretical approach to ethics and gives us clear insights that we can apply to our very real ethical challenges. With a Foreword by Stephen M. R. Covey, this book brings 7 different perspectives on ethical leadership to life, and provides 14 Guiding Principles that help us honor them all in daily leadership. 

The 7 Lenses of Ethical Leadership are:

Lens 1 - Profit  (What's in it for us?)
Lens 2 - Law  (What do laws and regulations require?)
Lens 3 - Character  (What demonstrates moral awareness & competence?)
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?)

Written for leaders who want to "do the right thing," the examples, graphics, cases and questions in this book provide a framework for deeply engaging constituents and building trust for the long term. Give your leaders the insight they need to make ethical choices. Make this book required reading in your ethics, corporate social responsibility and leadership programs.

Ethical leadership at its best honors all 7 Lenses. Learn to see your day-to-day leadership challenges through the 7 Lenses. 

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Linda Fisher Thornton
Author Bio

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

Review text - Heartfelt Leadership

This book is a thought-provoking look at ethical responses to leadership challenges. I highly recommend it as a tool for having meaningful discussions with leaders in your organization. ----Dr. Mark Goulston, M.D., Co-Founder of Heartfelt Leadership and Author of International Best-Seller Just Listen

Review text - Partnerwerks, Inc.

Thank you, Linda! It's about time we got past the simplistic rule-based do's and dont's approach to ethics that ties us in can't-win knots. 7 Lenses offers just the type of principle-based ethics leaders can use to take responsibility for the greatest number of wins across diverse contexts. ----Christopher Avery, Founder and President, Partnerwerks, Inc.

Review text - Joie de Vivre Hospitality, Fest300

7 Lenses is a CEO must-read for gaining a fresh perspective on ethical leadership and what it can mean to the success of your organization. -- --Chip Conley, Founder Joie de Vivre Hospitality and Fest300 and NY Times Best Selling Author of Emotional Equations