An Invitation to Ethical Leadership
Atlanta, Georgia (PRWEB) August 14, 2009
An Invitation to Ethical Leadership, a conversation on business ethics and character for corporate leaders at their location, will be led by two titans in the field. Dr. Betty Siegel is President Emeritus of Kennesaw University, Endowed Chair of the Siegel Institute for Leadership, Ethics & Character and an internationally recognized speaker and thought leader in global ethical leadership and social responsibility. Turknett Leadership Group is a management consulting firm with a reputation built over 20 years on their expertise in executive leadership development and human resource solutions. They have helped hundreds of leaders to build ethical cultures of accountability for organizations that thrive in good times and bad. Dr. Robert Turknett and Carolyn Turknett, authors of Decent People, Decent Company: How to Lead with Character at Work and in Life, have formed an alliance with Dr. Siegel, co-author of Invitational Leadership in response to the urgent need to restore trust in the global economy and a new normal of character and accountability in business.
"Organizations must go beyond compliance and senior leaders must take the lead. They are the trendsetters and the carriers of the organization's culture," counsels CEO Dr. Robert Turknett. "In a study by the Southern Institute for Business and Professional Ethics, 97% of respondents said that the leader of an enterprise must also be the moral leader, but many executives don't see or appreciate their power as role models in this regard. Employees take their cue from superiors on how to conduct themselves, and written codes of conduct, while very important, rarely carry as much weight as the actions of those in top positions. The "tone at the top" is critical and goes a long way toward creating a culture in which every person takes personal responsibility for the integrity and the overall success. "
As former GE CEO Jack Welch noted:" trust and respect take years to build and only a moment to destroy."
Companies and universities throughout the English speaking world will host "An Invitation to Ethical Leadership", to encourage courageous conversations about day to day ethics. Discussions will center on issues particular to their industry or company and clarify how the organization's stakeholders will respond.
"The subject of ethics need not be limited to issues of philosophy or academic study on the one hand and questions of business compliance on the other," Dr. Siegel remarks. "As I have seen in the new generation of leaders coming out of our universities, ethics is most fully expressed in action and in the lives of those who are determined to uphold what the novelist Saul Bellow calls --the terms of our contract."
Founder of the Oxford Conclave on Global Ethics, an annual summit of university presidents, Dr. Siegel points to the obligation of leaders in all sectors: higher education, business, government and non-profit, to collaborate to produce ethical leaders who can make a positive difference in a more complex, global world.
With thought-provoking presentations, clear case studies, an inspiring keynote by Dr. Siegel and discussions facilitated by these highly respected presenters, An Invitation to Ethical Leadership will engage corporate leaders in a stimulating, participative experience that will create a framework for "ethics in action" for their organizations. Participants will leave with clear guidelines for "what's next?" in building a culture of character and accountability, and tools for communicating expectations to those they mentor and manage.
Turknett Leadership Group is an organizational psychology and management consulting firm that has assessed and developed high level leaders and their organizations throughout the U.S. for more than 20 years. They offer the best in character-based leadership development, including executive coaching and executive team coaching, as well as human resource solutions including competency modeling, selection systems, assessment centers, performance management, and succession planning. HR leaders and organizations can schedule "An Invitation to Ethical Leadership" for a one-day or half-day engagement with top leaders at their companies. More information and scheduling can be found at http://www.ethicsandleadership.com.
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