Training Time for Senior Leaders and Boards of Directors is on the Decline:
(NAVEX GLOBAL recent ethics and Compliance study)
“While respondents reported that annual training time for non-management employees rose by about 60 minutes from last year(to 7.1 hours) and training times for middle managers stayed about the same (at 6.5 hours), senior leader training times dropped by nearly 90 minutes to 4.4 hours. Board training times also declined by an hour (to 2.0 hours).Losing training time for boards and senior leaders is a disconcerting trend—particularly because without the most senior leaders setting the right “tone at the top,” compliance professionals will find it very difficult, if not impossible, to meet their stated top objective of creating a strong culture of ethics and respect.”
So if executive ethics training is not given a priority or the time to provide this, start by answering these questions.
1. What are specific ethical behaviors that are required of all leaders?
How is your existing leadership training program incorporating this into
2. What are the consequences if they don’t behave ethically?
3. What are the situations that leaders encounter that could lead them into a grey area and how is a “grey area” defined?
4. What is the difference between making an excuse or coming up with a reason for one’s behavior, could lack of ethics training be one of them?
5. Leaders need to develop a code of ethics for all that focuses on: what is negotiable and not negotiable and why? What is acceptable and what is not acceptable and why?
6. Does your mission statement make it clear that this is an ethical organization and that ethics are a non- negotiable?
7. What are the obstacles to effectively recruit, recognize and retain ethical leaders?
Just a few questions to help your Fall training initiatives.