Ethical leadership is more important now than ever

Ethical leadership is more important now than ever
7 April, 2020 Anna Borgström

Ethical leadership is more important now than ever

Today, more than ever, we must take stock of leadership models and how existing and developing leaders respond to crises. This could be both the current Corona crises and more slowly developing crises, such as climate change and the future of our children online. Crises that we already see an impact of and that will get much worse if we don’t collectively change the way that we do business. In this blog post we will focus on the impact that ethical leadership can have on creating a brighter future for children.

The notion that business is a cut-throat game where leaders show one-upmanship to beat the competition is outdated and does not do the world any favours. It is not a sustainable model for the world we live in today.

We need brave people with leadership skills who view the world in general as a stakeholder. We need longterm decisions that benefit humankind and takes everyone into account. Big decisions made at the top, need to be weighed against the benefits of society as a whole.

This is not new or revolutionary; NetClean have been advocating for brave leadership for a long time by asking businesses to actively protect their IT environments from child sexual abuse material. We speak about this as a given, as if there is no doubts that everyone should see the benefits and simple clean hygiene factor behind this. Some hear us, some don’t.

Industry needs to factor in children

Factoring in children is the key to sustainable development and planning for the future. Every industry leader and politician must look actively at how they can incorporate this into their agenda. And technology, the development of technology and the ethos that guides it is a natural place to start. We are all dependent on technology and it is becoming more and more central to our lives.

The GSMA, the body that represents the mobile industry and the interests of mobile operators, was the first body to commit to the Sustainable Development Goals. It invests heavily in global coverage and ensuring that impoverished areas and vulnerable populations are connected, and they work to ensure that the connection online is safe and does not facilitate a space where vulnerable people, such as children, get taken advantage of.

“Factoring in children is the key to sustainable development and planning for the future. Every industry leader and politician must look actively at how they can incorporate this into their agenda.”

I interviewed the Director General of the GSMA, Mats Granryd, last year at the Brighthood Conference in Stockholm. He spoke about the importance of ethical leadership and investing in work and tools that help fight child sexual abuse. He made it clear that the mobile industry will continue to make it their mission to fight online child sexual abuse.

View this interview to learn more about his great ethical leadership.