Moral Intelligence for Leaders

On Sunday I referenced a book: Moral Intelligence 2.0: Enhancing Business Performance and Leadership Success in Turbulent Times. 

Leaders are those whose position and role gives them a wider opportunity to influence others. A good leader will have an expansive good influence and a bad leader will have an equally expansive bad influence.

Public distrust in leadership gets worse every year. This includes leaders in most institutions. Political leaders are some of the least trusted leaders. But whether it is politics, business, education, social institutions, or the church, confidence in leadership is in decline.

And it is not mainly due to a lack of skills and competencies!

It is primarily due to a lack of trust in the character of the leaders.

So, when I find a book on morality written by non-Christians for the corporate world, I am always interested. This book was published in 2011 and written as a response to the litany of notable corporate failures that have had a widespread impact.

The SubPrime Mortgage scandal, the Enron scandal, the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme (and the list could go on for a long time, just Google search “biggest corporate scandals”) was the wake-up call that something was wrong and that the corporate world needed a healthy dose of moral thinking.

I like the fact that the book is written by non-Christians and I think that Christian leaders who are working in the secular workplace have a nice tool to introduce moral intelligence into their workplaces.

Here are some of the chapter and section titles:

  • What does moral leadership look like?
  • Learning to be responsible
  • When things go wrong
  • Why we’re good and why we’re bad
  • Telling the truth
  • Standing up for what is right
  • Keeping promises
  • Taking responsibility for personal choices
  • Admitting mistakes and failure
  • Actively caring about others
  • Self-control
  • Empathy
  • The responsible organization
  • The compassionate organization
  • The forgiving organization

And the list goes on. Look at those themes! This is rich in opportunity for Christians to introduce themes we care about in a neutral way at our workplaces.

Of course, you will have to be wise and discerning in how you advance the conversations, but what a great tool and stepping stone.

And most of all, your own moral influence for good is about the greatest tool you have.

That is why we are in this series, Breaking Bad, Becoming Good: The Road to Character.

May Christ be at work in you to remake you into his image and use you for his mission,
Pastor Brian

Brian Rice