by Crystal L. Faulkner, an EO Cincinnati member and co-founder and partner of Cooney Faulkner & Stevens, LLC
Several months ago, I heard a quote by Eleanor Roosevelt: “Do one thing every day that scares you.” I thought about that saying and wondered: Was I still challenging myself? Did my goals still “scare me”? Have I become entirely too comfortable in my business?
Leadership is comprised of a series of moments, and it can be difficult to sort out individual moments over time. A continual leadership challenge is to be aware of which moments matter and what to do about them. As the year comes to a close, take a minute to reflect upon some of the key moments of your leadership in 2012. If, in hindsight, you could have made better decisions, how will you remind yourself to make different choices in the coming year? Here are a few positive moments of leadership to work toward in the coming year.
Contributed by Badre Alam, CEO of Badre Alam Traders, a complete trading house located in Pakistan.
To make good, ethical decisions requires a trained sensitivity to ethical issues, a practiced method for exploring the aspects of a decision, and weighing the impacts of a course of action. A method for ethical decision making is absolutely essential for building an ethical business environment. Here are some key questions to consider when assessing the ethical nature of your environment:
Recognize an Ethical Issue
Is there something wrong personally, interpersonally or socially? Could the conflict, the situation or the decision be damaging to the community, influence other businesses or make a finite position that speaks for itself?
Does the issue go beyond legal or institutional concerns? What does it do to people, who have dignity, rights, and hopes for a better life together?