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"Constant awareness that everything is born from change. The knowledge that there is nothing nature loves more than
to alter what exists and make new things like it. All that exists is the seed of what will emerge from it.
You think the only seeds are the ones that make plants or children? Go deeper."
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, Book Four, v. 1.
“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write,
but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”
- Alvin Toffler
What is Ethical Intelligence?
Ethical intelligence is the conscious embodiment and courageous application of honorable principles, practices, and processes that cultivate compassion, cooperation and collaboration between individuals and groups across all interactions and situations, and through which elevates humane and sustainable insights, innovation, and interconnection.
It embodies a mindset that is 100% committed to thinking, choosing and behaving with an unbreakable, purposeful habit of integrity that composes our identity: intrinsically woven with impeccability, character, humility, and courage. It is the inner moral compass that constantly self-reflects and upgrades our personal Internal Operating System in every situation and interaction we find ourselves in, personally and professionally. It's owning the fact we are all imperfect human beings - and we all have the ability to grow, shed our old skin, and evolve - or "learn, unlearn and relearn" as Alvin Toffler states.
Ethically Intelligent behavior is rising to the top of the list of leadership qualities essential to sustainable organizational success as well as attaining and keeping public trust. The Conscious Capitalism and B Corp movements are growing in influence, as well as many companies that are choosing to focus on a new triple bottom line of People, Planet and Purpose (beyond Profits) "...which moves away from shareholder primacy"..."for the benefit of all stakeholders – customers, employees, suppliers, communities and shareholders" (Business Roundtable, 2019). Customers are demanding accountability and transparency in the principles and practices of leaders of all types, and "getting away with" unethical behavior is certainly not something to brag about if you or your organization aspires to have a reputation of unshakable integrity.
Many thought leaders state what behaviors and mindsets are essential for an ethical and harmonious workplace culture, yet few offer corresponding Advising Services + Practical Skills Trainings to help businesses embody them.
"There’s this palpable sense of pride that permeates an organization with a culture of ethics and respect. Company values aren’t just posted in the breakroom. They’re rooted in the way employees work and interact, and they’re evident in the decisions they make. People like working for companies where doing business with integrity is valued."
- NAVEX Global
"Behavioral ethics is different from traditional philosophy. Instead of focusing on how people ought to behave, behavioral ethics studies why people act as they do. Arguably, it is more useful to understand our own motivations than to
understand the philosophy of Aristotle.
"Research in behavioral ethics finds that people are far from completely rational. Most ethical choices are made intuitively, by feeling, not after carefully analyzing a situation. Usually, people who make unethical decisions are unconsciously influenced by internal biases, like the self-serving bias, by outside pressures, like the pressure to conform, and by situational
factors that they do not even notice."
- Ethics Unwrapped, McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin
Ethical Intelligence is not about being Self-Righteous.
It's about the Right Use of Self.
Some believe that leadership is reserved for people in "higher" positions - and not just "average" folks.
This is entirely incorrect.
The fact is, we all lead by whatever example we extend via our thoughts, choices, actions and behaviors within whatever field of influence we have in any given situation or interaction in any given moment personally and professionally -
and there are no unimportant situations, interactions or moments.
The question to ask yourself is: What example am I (or my business) leading by?