Most leaders' hearts are more or less in the right place, writes John Paul Rollert, but too many lack the conceptual tools to think critically about the potential ethical pitfalls they face. To hone your business ethics, Rollert recommends writing down an explicit ethical code to serve as a beacon while you navigate the moral fog of daily life. "It acts as a guide to career development, a warning against inevitable temptation, and the voice of conscience when one diverges from the path," Rollert writes.

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