September 29, 2005

News & Opinion: How is Moral Intelligence connected to business performance and successful leadership?

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 10:00 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

We conducted multiple interviews with myriad of business leaders from a variety of both large and small domestic and international companies. We also tapped into a variety of studies and research conducted by institutions like DePaul University, and our conclusion is there is a direct connection between moral intelligence and business performance.
At DePaul researchers from the School of Accountancy and MIS compared the financial performance of 100 companies selected by "Business Ethics" magazine as "Best Corporate Citizens" with the performance of the rest of the S&P 500. Corporate citizenship rankings were based on quantitative measures of corporate service to seven stakeholder groups: stockholders, employees, customers, the community, the environment, overseas stakeholders, and women and minorities. The study found that overall financial performance of the 2001 Best Corporate Citizen companies was significanty better than the rest of the S&P 500. The average performance of the Best Citizens, as measured by the 2001 "Business Week" rankings of total financial performance, was more than 10 percentile points higher than the mean rankings of the rest of the S&P 500.

About Dylan Schleicher

Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.