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If you want to learn about a topic often it is best to go to an expert and have them offer up their opinion and perspective. Today’s post is about ETHICS. I am blessed to call Dr. Eric Dent a friend who happens to be renowned ethics leadership expert.
We both worked at UNC Pembroke in different capacities. He taught me much about leadership and I like to think I taught him how to deep fry a turkey. Not sure it is a fair trade but that is how it works with friends. When he came to UNC Pembroke he was the Dean of the School of Business and I was the Director of Athletics.
Photo below is of Eric picking up a deep fried turkey at my house one Thanksgiving in the past. Today living in Florida he is self reliant and fries his own turkeys.
Eric is a professor and is the Uncommon Friends Endowed Chair in Ethics at Florida Gulf Coast University. He is a leadership ethics consultant to Fortune 500, government, and non-profit organizations as well as an invited speaker to national audiences. The man knows his stuff.
These five were friends and part of the thread that bound that friendship together was their ethical leadership nature. That friendship lives on in the Uncommon Friends Foundation which Eric is closely tied to.
So if you want to do a post on Ethics he is the leader to call. He not only knows ethics he is ethical. Eric was gracious enough to allow me to link to one of his abstracts for this blog. That article was published in professional trade journal.
Eric and I communicated about ethics prior to me writing this post and he said each person has to decide if there is a “Right” or “Wrong” way to live your life. He also says each person has to determine if living a life of integrity and character is itself a reward. For me the answer is yes. It’s an answer that Eric and many others I know share.
Eric’s article talks the importance exercising your ethical muscles to develop them to full capacity. He talks about surrounding yourself with ethical people, and he offers up the reality that you probably will come up short in your career at least once due to someone gaining an advantage by acting unethical.
Give his article called a Honest Day Work a read-it will help you strengthen any relationship you are in.
If you want to learn more about Eric’s spiritual journey watch the presentation he made recently at Florida Gulf Coast University.