Ethics 101: What Every Leader Needs To Know (101 Series)

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Bestselling author John C. Maxwell shows you how the Golden Rule works everywhere, and how, especially in business, it brings amazing dividends.

Product Details

  • Series: 101 Series
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Center Street; 1st Center Street Ed edition (May 11, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780446578097
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446578097
  • ASIN: 0446578096
  • Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 0.5 x 6.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces

Customer Reviews

Explains How Doing the Right Thing is the Best Way to Live!!!

14 people found this helpful.
 on July 28, 2005


8 people found this helpful.
 on June 22, 2005
By Rolf Dobelli
Author John C. Maxwell has spent years thinking about leadership and ethical action, and it shows. In this short volume, he condenses his years of reflection into clear, accessible principles that any reader can immediately apply. He supports his points with anecdotes, and with quotes from sacred texts and authors from a variety of cultures. His clarity makes his work bold. There’s no way you could mistake what he’s saying, and that’s refreshing, especially given contemporary concerns about corporate governance. While the simplicity and brevity of the book makes it broadly accessible, we especially recommend it to two readerships: those already dedicated to living ethically, who are looking for tools to apply, and those who are skeptical about the utility of ethics. The book (which was previously published as “There’s No Such Thing as Business Ethics”) has only two real weaknesses. The first is that Maxwell’s definition of an ethical dilemma is far too simple, and he treats it too briefly. (What do we do when love and duty clash? What do we do when directly ordered to do something unethical by a superior, who thinks the action is correct – and someone else depends upon our income?) The second is that Maxwell discusses how to treat others as if we were all the same deep down. Perhaps we are – but he doesn’t fully address the many personal and cultural differences that one must negotiate along the way. Our moral dilemma: is it right to dwell on such relatively minor flaws in a book we basically respect, agree with, appreciate and recommend warmly? You be the judge.

The Golden Rule As The Foundation for All Ethical Behavior

7 people found this helpful.
 on February 16, 2007
By Mark B. Cohen
John C. Maxwell, a minister, management consultant, and prolific author of inspirational and insightful business related books, believes that ethical principles can be summarized by the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. He documents that this rule, or some close variation of it, is found in all of the world’s major religious traditions.

Definitely what every leader should know!

One person found this helpful.
 on May 10, 2014
By Emilie McLain
John C. Maxwell went above and beyond in defining and defending the code of ethics in his book, Ethics 101. The main focus of the text was on using the “standard” of the Golden Rule in all situations. A few of the noteworthy topics he mentioned included the numerous examples of right and wrong, and having the courage to take the right action in any situation. He also stated in his book that there are two types of people, ones that “go for the gold” and ones that “go for the golden rule.” He provides stories and examples to back up the fact that the latter of these two types are often more successful in what really matters.

Very Helpful for Junior Leaders

 on June 2, 2016
By FireFox777
This book is a very easy-to-follow guide of the best practices of leadershp and treating others by using one of the most basic principles that we all (at least most) grow up with: treating others as you would like to be treated or “The Golden Rule”.

Follow The Golden Rule!

 on April 27, 2014
By Amber Beagley
Ethics 101 by John C. Maxwell is a book that anybody could benefit from reading. The book has many examples of how following the Golden Rule in life, as well as in business leads to greater, longer lasting success.

You either have ethics, or you dont…

One person found this helpful.
 on August 19, 2013
By D. Rucker
I purchased this book as part of a college course. It is now a well read top shelf selection of my library at work. Many co-workers have found it an interesting read and liked it. It’s an easy to read and a thought provoking book.


 on February 11, 2015
By Tony Rogers Jr
A though-provoking, practical look at the much needed subject of ethics in our society. Maxwell takes a simplistic approach(which I love) to ethical decision making by providing a one question framework through which to filter all your future decision making.

College Books

 on February 11, 2013
By RODMom14
The book was purchased for my Kindle Fire HD. I wish all text books came on the Kindle. It is so much easier to take notes and review the info without damaging a book and worrying about its resale value.

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