Do you know it when you see it? Are there tools available for employers and search committees to enable them to screen for character?
How do you find the candidate who is truly wise? Wisdom is one of those qualities that is difficult to define—because it encompasses so much—but which people generally recognize when they encounter it. And it is encountered most obviously in the realm of decision-making. Wisdom involves an integration of knowledge and experience, but delves profoundly into the compassionate reflection process in the pursuit of truth so that a humble balance is achieved in one’s interactions on personal and global levels. Wisdom encompasses context, and relativism of values and priorities and the ability to solve problems and manage uncertainty in a calm and optimistic manner.
What tools are available for companies to identify and develop ethical leaders? To hire for character?
Ronald E. Riggio, Ph.D., discusses compelling new findings on ethical leadership and argues a significant factor is using measures of personality, motives, and values to predict ethical decisions. An innovative personality assessment tool, the DRiV™, was launched late last year by Leadership Worth Following (LWF), a Dallas-based leadership consulting firm. Behavioral scientists from the University of Oklahoma found the DRiV significantly predicted whether individuals were likely to make ethical (or unethical) decisions. Specifically, they found that individuals who scored highly on certain drivers – Equality, Inclusion, Purpose, Persistence, and Wisdom – were significantly more likely to make ethical decisions.
Predicting ethical behavior is notoriously hard. After all, who would admit to having made serious ethical mistakes? This exciting research shows that the DRiV may offer organizations and leaders new insight into employees’ motivations and values, and who is more or less likely to make the tough – but right – ethical call.
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