Summary of Ethical Intelligence

Five Principles for Untangling Your Toughest Problems at Work and Beyond

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How to recognize the right thing and do it


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Ethics are complex, but Bruce Weinstein offers a lucid guidebook to sticky ethical situations. He articulates five universal moral principles. Not always successfully: His logic needs work in a few areas, and he backs away from several complex ethical challenges. But even readers who disagree with the author will find value and utility here. getAbstract recommends Weinstein’s thoughtful guide to those interested in ethics and philosophy, as well as to managers and HR personnel who are responsible for shaping ethical workplaces.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What constitutes “ethical intelligence,”
  • How to apply its five core principles
  • How to deal with common ethical challenges


The Need for “Ethical Intelligence”
Daniel Goleman’s 1995 book Emotional Intelligence suggested that reading people’s emotions and responding appropriately is essential to work and daily life. But what if your emotional intelligence tells you one thing is true about a friend but...
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About the Author

Bruce Weinstein, PhD, hosts Ask the Ethics Guy! on Bloomberg Businessweek’s online management channel.

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