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Richmond - Leading Through Complexity: Seeing Through 7 Ethical Lenses

  • 11/12/2018
  • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Westwood Club


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Richmond - Leading Through Complexity: Seeing Through 7 Ethical Lenses

Linda Fisher Thornton

CCEUs:  Core Competencies 0.5; Resource Development 0.5


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.

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 in the Inc. Top 100 Leadership Speakers for 2019. Her website is

11:30am-12:00pm:          Networking

12:00pm:                            Lunch

12:20pm:                            Announcements

12:30 – 1:45pm:                Speaker presentation

1:45 – 2:00pm:                  Additional networking for those interested

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