4 Books to Read to Help Future Generations Understand The Importance of Ethics

  • Ethics 101 by John C. Maxwell

The one “standard” Maxwell recommends using in all situations is the Golden Rule: the precept that one should behave toward others as one would want others to behave toward oneself.

  • Principle Centered Leadership by Stephen R. Covey

The key to dealing with the challenges that face us today is the recognition of a principle-centered core within both ourselves and our organizations. Dr. Covey offers insights and guidelines that can help you apply these principles both at work and at home — leading not just to a new understanding of how to increase quality and productivity, but also to a new appreciation of the importance of building personal and professional relationships in order to enjoy a more balanced, more rewarding, more effective life.

  • Ethics {for the real world}: creating a personal code to guide decisions in work and life by Ronald A. Howard and Clinton D. Korver

Minor ethical lapses can seem harmless, but they instill in us a hard-to-break habit of distorted thinking. Rationalizations drown out our inner voice, and we make up the rules as we go. We lose control of our decisions, fall victim to the temptations and pressures of our situations, taint our characters, and sour business and personal relationships.

  • The Seven Signs of Ethical Collapse: How to Spot Moral Meltdowns in Companies…Before It’s Too Late by Marianne M. Jennings, J.D.

Don’t watch the next accounting disaster take your hard-earned savings, or accept the perfect job only to find out your boss is cooking the books. If you’re just interested in understanding the (not-so) ethical underpinnings of business today, The Seven Signs of Ethical Collapse is both a must-have tool and a fascinating window into today’s business world.

“The novel is a penetrating study of morals and ethics.”- Bille August

Plan Ahead!

“As with any concept or idea, it is paramount to plan ahead, in order to have success in any venture.” The Ethical Coach Leader

During our lifetime we make choices that shape the type of person we grow up to be, essentially we are planning ahead for our individual futures. We can do more than plan ahead for our own futures, we can plan ahead for the futures of generations to come.

As parents, coaches, teachers, and any other position that affects our youth, we are responsible for setting an example. We are responsible for helping them plan ahead for their future selves. If we plan ahead and decide on which ethical code we are going to live and lead by, we can pass that down to future generations so that they might too become ethical leaders in their ventures.

In the 2008 Junior Achievement/Deloitte Teen Ethics Survey, 79 percent of teens surveyed said they felt prepared to make ethical decisions when they enter the workforce. However, 38 percent said it is sometimes necessary to cheat, steal, lie or behave violently to succeed. In order to lower that 38%, we need to decide who we are going to be so that those that look up to us and follow our example are headed down the right ethical path themselves.

“The successful man is the one who finds out what is the matter with his business before his competitors do.”- Roy L Smith