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Forums on Ethical Leadership Are Offered at Company Sites

The last decade has been rife with corporate scandal, from the fraud and corruption at Enron to Bernard Madoff and his Ponzi scheme, so it’s no wonder that business executives and university presidents are more concerned than ever about not only conducting themselves with integrity, but also fostering that trait among their employees and staff.

"An Invitation to Ethical Leadership," half- or full-day forums that explore issues of ethics and character, are being conducted by Dr. Betty Siegel and Turknett Leadership Group, both considered leaders in social responsibility.

Dr. Robert Turknett and Carolyn Turknett, authors of Decent People, Decent Company: How to Lead with Character at Work and in Life, teamed up with Siegel - president emeritus of Kennesaw University, endowed chair of the Siegel Institute for Leadership, Ethics and Character and co-author of Invitational Leadership - in response to their view that there exists an urgent need to restore trust in the global economy and character and accountability in business.

Business executives should be reminded, say organizers, that employees take their behavioral cues from them. Although written policy is important, how a leader acts leaves a greater impression than a written code of conduct.

"Organizations must go beyond compliance, and senior leaders must take the lead. They are the trendsetters and the carriers of the organization's culture," Dr. Robert Turknett counsels.

But the forum is not limited to the business world. Students of higher education can also benefit from the training. "As I have seen in the new generation of leaders coming out of our universities, ethics is most fully expressed in action and in the lives of those who are determined to uphold what the novelist Saul Bellow calls 'the terms of our contract,' " Siegel says.

Siegel is an internationally recognized speaker on global ethical leadership and social responsibility. Turknett Leadership Group is a management-consulting firm with a reputation built over 20 years on expertise in executive-leadership development and human-resource solutions.

The forums are held at the client organizations' offices or conference sites and are currently being scheduled through May 2010.

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