The World is Crying Out for Moral Leadership: The E&C Pulse - July 1, 2020

July 1, 2020 Ben DiPietro

July 1, 2020

The World is Crying Out for Moral Leadership


The world is in the throes of a COVID-19 pandemic that is reshaping how we live, work, and interact. At the same time, the world is trying to confront issues of racial inequality more than 400 years in the making.


The convergence of these two issues--one, a worldwide call for health, safety, and caring for each other; the other, a worldwide call for justice, acceptance, and tolerance--is a chance for moral leaders to step forward.


As The HOW Institute for Society’s State of Moral Leadership in Business Report 2020 illustrates, the need for moral leaders has never been more needed, or sought, by society. 


The report surveyed 2,300 employees, managers, and executives on questions of moral leadership, and found 86% agree on the urgent need for moral leadership. The problem is 48% said their chief executive never exhibits moral leadership, and 7% said their manager consistently shows moral leadership.


Those numbers are worrisome, as the report found employees are 12 times more likely to leave if their manager doesn’t act like a moral leader.


“This study provides compelling evidence that while moral leadership is in high demand, it remains in short supply,” said Dov Seidman, founder and chairman of LRN, and founder and chairman of The How Institute for Society. “This is especially true in times of crisis, when people naturally turn to authority, to those in charge, for wise guidance, bold action, and hope.”


Survey respondents who said their managers consistently exhibit moral leadership are five times more likely to report satisfied customers, seven times more likely to expect improved business results in the coming year, and are 13 times more likely to see their company as highly adaptable to change.


The good news is the report found respondents think moral leadership can be learned, with 77% expressing that sentiment. Six in 10 said they have access to some form of professional development that is even party associated with moral development.


“Moral leadership means putting people at the center of decisions, seeing them in their full humanity, with their unique aspirations and concerns,” said Seidman. “In the context of business, it means seeing and treating the community at large--employees, customers, suppliers, and shareholders--as valued, essential, and coequal constituents of the corporation, where nobody is a means to anyone’s ends.”


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More than 1,000 experts signed a letter opposing the use of AI research to help predict criminal behavior. Detroit's police chief says facial recognition failed to properly identify people 96% of the time. A man was arrested for a crime he didn't commit because of an algorithm.


Three police officers in Wilmington, N.C., were fired after being recorded on the police radio talking about killing Black people (raw language used). Police who are disciplined for bad behavior often remain on the force thanks to arbitration.


MIT Sloan Management Review tackles the topic of how to keep culture alive with people working from home.


Alexandre Di Miceli writes about why people overestimate their ethical behavior.


What does working at Amazon during a pandemic tell us about the future of work in America?


Employers need to apply rules consistently when it comes to allowing people to protest, while workers must understand the First Amendment only goes so far.


Climate change is a racial justice issue. Some environmentalists are trying to get the words "I can't breathe" to go beyond the protest against police brutality. 


One in three Black Americans knows someone who's died of COVID-19. There is a worldwide shortage of medical oxygen needed for COVID patients.


A WEF blog details the links between wellbeing and social change.


A bill before the U.S. Senate would change drastically how executive compensation is taxed.


Deloitte looks at FCPA compliance during COVID-19. Board members offer their thoughts on the pandemic.

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