Ethics 101: What Every Leader Needs To Know

Ethics 101: What Every Leader Needs To Know

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by John C. Maxwell

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ISBN-10: 0446578096

ISBN-13: 9780446578097

Pub. Date: 05/11/2005

Publisher: Center Street

Bestselling author John C. Maxwell shows you how the Golden Rule works everywhere, and how, especially in business, it brings amazing dividends.


Bestselling author John C. Maxwell shows you how the Golden Rule works everywhere, and how, especially in business, it brings amazing dividends.

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Ethics 101: What Every Leader Needs To Know 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
JPM2010 More than 1 year ago
Everyone needs to read this book. It is good for not just leaders but for everyone. It has excellent advice for everyone in all aspects of life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Author John C. Maxwell has spent years thinking about leadership and ethical action, and it shows. In this short volume, he condenses his years of reflection into clear, accessible principles that any reader can immediately apply. He supports his points with anecdotes, and with quotes from sacred texts and authors from a variety of cultures. His clarity makes his work bold. There¿s no way you could mistake what he¿s saying, and that¿s refreshing, especially given contemporary concerns about corporate governance. While the simplicity and brevity of the book makes it broadly accessible, we especially recommend it to two readerships: those already dedicated to living ethically, who are looking for tools to apply, and those who are skeptical about the utility of ethics. The book (which was previously published as ¿There¿s No Such Thing as Business Ethics¿) has only two real weaknesses. The first is that Maxwell¿s definition of an ethical dilemma is far too simple, and he treats it too briefly. (What do we do when love and duty clash? What do we do when directly ordered to do something unethical by a superior, who thinks the action is correct - and someone else depends upon our income?) The second is that Maxwell discusses how to treat others as if we were all the same deep down. Perhaps we are - but he doesn¿t fully address the many personal and cultural differences that one must negotiate along the way. Our moral dilemma: is it right to dwell on such relatively minor flaws in a book we basically respect, agree with, appreciate and recommend warmly? You be the judge.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walks back to ethics..
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"Hello." *i say quietly*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Swings onto his horse and grunts slightly. "I might be getting to old for this." He mutters. His horse snickers. "Oh be quite." He sighs and rolls his eyes before riding away.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I have taught philosophy and business ethics for many years at various universities, and naturally, I am always looking for good assigned reading that challenges students to think outside the box of my lectures, and to give serious consideration to matters of ethics and morals in both their personal lives, and how their lives extend to others in all contexts. Since I also was associated with the Wesleyan church that Maxwell pastured years ago, when I saw this title featured, I wanted to see if his book would add to my students¿ knowledge base and life application. Unfortunately, what I found was either a shallow presentation of familiar themes he used to preach on Sunday morning, or the reworking of material that has already been out there in one form or another. In short, 'Ethics 101' is really Ethics 001, that provides the reader with little foundation in ethics and morals. Dr. Maxwell is not an academic (he has a ministry doctorate), nor does he take any academic approach in his book. In fact, he thinks philosophy has ¿confused¿ ethics when, in fact, because Maxwell has no philosophical background, he brings little to the debate. Unfortunately, Maxwell's book confuses Ethics. How does he know that philosophy confuses a particular issue when he does not know philosophy? In truth, the history of Western Civilization, has produced libraries of clear information concerning ethics and morals, but you won¿t find (as you cannot find) any of that here. Ethics goes far beyond the Golden Rule model, reaching back to Plato (The Republic, etc.) and Aristotle (The Politics Ethics), down to Cicero (45 BC) who wrote one of the best, and clearest, works on ethics titled, ¿Duties.¿ Most of my lectures consist of footnotes to Plato, then Aristotle, and then demonstrates how those principles were worked out by the Romans in Cicero and others. There is no doubt that both Jesus and Paul had access to these three writers, and it is impossible to read Jesus and not see the influence of Cicero. I am personally put off that Maxwell has distain for philosophy, given that the Golden Rule is prima facie, philosophy, and is a repeated maxim from earlier philosophers. The honest reality is that philosophy is everywhere and is embodied in every idea good or bad, business advertisement, magazine, television and feature film, and even in Maxwell¿s sermons and the goofy (and gratituously violent) 'Left Behind' book series by LaHaye and Jenkins. I can read any of Maxwell¿s books and remember when much of the material was, at one time or another, a sermon in his Wesleyan church. Now Maxwell is hailed as a ¿leadership¿ guru, writing books and speaking about 'leadership.' While this may fly on the motivational circuit, it brings little to any thing of value to the intellectual debate. If you are serious about wanting to learn about ethics, read Plato¿s 'Republic', Aristotle¿s 'Ethics', the 'Duties' of Cicero, then the Sermon on the Mount and the Golden Rule. For a deeper understanding of ethical theories which Maxwell never bothers to mention (because he doesn't know), read Shaw and Berry: Moral Issues in Business. If you must purchase Maxwell¿s book, buy it used. Since yesterday alone, two more may be found used for a few bucks on this site. I give 'Ethics 101' a whole single Star as one¿s review cannot be posted without at least one star. Judge for yourself. Stephen Gruber, Ph.D., Prof. Philosophy and History.