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Thursday, October 19, 2006

Strong Moral Principles And Business Success

In Moral Intelligence: Enhancing Business Performance & Leadership Success (Wharton School Publishing), Doug Lennick and Fred Kiel look at the connection between strong moral principles and business success.

Using original research, the authors show how the best performing companies have leaders who are able to promote moral intelligence throughout their organizations, despite the fact that the business world all too often seems to reward bad behavior, (e.g., win at all cost) at least in the short run.

This book focuses on four principles that are vital for sustained personal and organizational success:

  • Integrity
  • Responsibility
  • Compassion
  • Forgiveness

BOTTOMLINE: Integrity is the hallmark of the morally intelligent person. When we act with integrity, we align our behavior to conform to universal human principles. We do what we know is right; we act in line with our principles and beliefs. If we lack integrity, by definition, we lack moral intelligence. The more you develop your moral intelligence, the more positive changes you will notice, not only in your work but in your personal well-being. "It's not the mistakes you make, it's how you react to those mistakes."

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