Content of my speech at the European Parliament - World Forum for Ethics in Business (WFEB


The World Forum for Ethics in Business (WFEB) will host the World's 1st Young Ethical Leaders Summit at The European Parliament

Written by Youssef Gaboune,
Founder of Ethical Leaders' Choice (          23-11-2010

‘‘The basis of ethics is economy, the basis of economy is state and the basis of state is civil society.’’ (Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, WFEB 2010)

If we want to promote ethics in business effectively, then we should promote ethical practices in civil society first.

Where should we strategically start to promote ethical practices in civil society?

Well, history shows us that these kinds of ethical reform movements start with leaders first.
Leaders are people with strong abilities to move other people towards goals. People are attracted to them, inspired and empowered to follow their way.

They can either be unethical leaders (Hitler, Bin Laden) or be ethical leaders (Gandhi, Muhammad).

Ethical leaders are leaders who consistently lead in a manner that respects the rights and dignity of all stakeholders (Youssef Gaboune, 2010)
Ethical leaders consistently:
-    engage in acts and behaviors that benefit others and, at the same time,
-    refrain from behaviors that can cause any harm to others.

So our efforts should first concentrate on gathering young leaders from every part of the world, who are already motivated to lead with ethics, and empower them with ethical leadership trainings, and media coverage to make their people even more willing to follow their ethical way.

Ethical leadership development should focus on 3 dimensions (Mendonca & Kanungo, 2006), and create challenging situations where great competition pressures and high stakes exist to reveal and work on these 3 dimensions of the ethical leader:

1-    The leader’s Character: The ethical leaders must develop a self-awareness and gain personal mastery of their essential internal components and their mechanisms (thinking, emotions, beliefs, talents…) in order to better resist pressures to act unethically and to have enough inner-strength to act with moral courage.

2-    The Leader’s Motives: The ethical leader should be driven by sincere altruism only and not some kind of utilitarian altruism (ex: self-satisfaction, ego, public image, reciprocity expectation…)

3-    The leader’s Influence strategies: Ethical leaders do not engage in deceitful tactics to influence others, even if they are under pressure. They effectively communicate ethical standards by role modeling ethical behaviour in every situation, by rewarding their constituents’ ethical behaviours, and by disciplining unethical behaviours consistently. Ethical leaders must learn how to build ethical teams and ethical organizations in order to become effective ethical leaders.

The World’s 1st Young Ethical Leaders Summit to be hosted at the World Forum for Ethics in Business (European Parliament) will be this historical event that is going to bring 1 young ethical leader from every country for a unique training and networking opportunity and a life changing experience !

Check this exciting video of this year's event (we had great top leaders with us : Sanjay Pradhan, VP of the World Bank Institute, Niels Christiansen, VP Public Affaires of Nestle, Nirj Deva, VP of the  Development Committee at the European Parliament...)

Fun Leadership Training :

The Speech at the WFEB-European Parliament:

Be there, support us and take part in making history !

Youssef Gaboune
Founder, Ethical Leaders' Choice