Roanoke -Leading Through Complexity: Seeing Through 7 Ethical Lenses

  • 01/11/2019
  • 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Riverside III 2D


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January 11, 2019

Location: Riverside III 2D

Presenter: Linda Fisher Thornton

Program Title: Roanoke - Leading Through Complexity: Seeing Through 7 Ethical Lenses


Increasing complexity is driving the need for better leadership thinking. It’s not just knowledge we

need - it’s also insight, putting things into perspective in a meaningful way. Since today’s issues are

complex, we will need a way of thinking about them that helps us see the richness of the full

picture. In this interactive session, Leading in Context CEO Linda Fisher Thornton will share the 7

Lenses Model of Ethical Leadership introduced in her book 7 Lenses: Learning the Principles and

Practices of Ethical Leadership.

Core Competencies


Resource Development*


Linda has been in the leadership development field for over 25 years and is an Adjunct Associate

Professor for the University of Richmond SPCS. Her book is currently used to develop leaders on

several continents and is required reading at prominent universities. She will share insights from her

recent work that take our understanding of “good leadership” to a higher level of complexity.

Coaches will gain insights that apply to their own ethical choices and to coaching others to apply

ethical thinking.

Discussion Topics Include:

  • Why don’t we agree on one definition of ethical leadership?
  • The need for a higher-level understanding of leadership
  • “Seeing” in multiple dimensions helps us make better choices
  • The 7 Lenses of Ethical Responsibility
  • Intro to the Four Quadrants and 14 Guiding Principles of Ethical Leadership
  • Insights into developing ethical leaders (who can handle complexity)
  • Implications for coaching

This course will address the following core competencies:

· Meeting Ethical Guidelines and Professional Standards

· Establishing Trust and Intimacy with the Client

· Creating Awareness

At the end of the presentation, participants will have an understanding of:

· The scope of ethical leadership

· A model for seeing 7 ethical dimensions of any situation

· Insights for coaching clients as they handle complex ethical challenges

· A chance to take home a copy of 7 Lenses (via a drawing)


Linda Fisher Thornton is leading a movement to Unleash the Positive Power of Ethical Leadership. Linda

is CEO of leadership development firm Leading in Context LLC and Adjunct Associate Professor of

Applied Ethics and Global Leadership for University of Richmond SPCS. Her book 7 Lenses is a practical

guide to a higher level of leadership with the ethical values built in. Linda's focus is on upgrading ethical

thinking skills by applying multiple lenses of ethical responsibility. 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 Leading in Context blog is in the Top 100 Most Socially Shared Leadership

Blogs (CMOE) and she is one of Inc.’s Top 100 Leadership Speakers for 2019. Her website is

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