Giving Voice to Values

Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 09:05

How can you effectively stand up for your values when you are being pressured by your boss, colleagues, customers, or shareholders to do the opposite?

One of the principal architects of Harvard’s Leadership, Ethics and Corporate Responsibility curriculum says leaders need to be provided with training, practice and scripts for dealing with corporate misconduct.

The Australian Institute of Management recently hosted a series of events in which Dr Mary Gentile shared a ground-breaking new approach to preparing business managers and leaders for values-driven decision making.

Dr Gentile is Director of Giving Voice to Values, an innovative curriculum at Babson College Massachusetts which focuses on ethical implementation and asks the question: What would I say and do if I were going to act on my values?

As the previous manager of case research at Harvard Business School, Dr Gentile is well known in the academic field of business ethics.

Challenging the assumptions about business ethics at companies and business schools, Dr Gentile argues that often the issue isn’t distinguishing what is right or wrong, but knowing how to act on your values despite opposing pressure.

In the below video Dr Gentile discusses some of these concepts with AIM Head of Research and Thought Leadership, Dr Malcolm Johnson FAIM.