September 29, 2005

News & Opinion: What is Moral Intelligence?

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 2:30 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Moral Intelligence is the mental capacity to determine how to apply universal moral principles--such as integrity, responsibility, compassion and forgiveness--to our personal values, goals and actions.
Moral Competence is the ability to act on our moral principles.
In other words, Moral Intelligence is knowing right from wrong. Moral Competence is doing what's right. Unfortunately, because of the fallibility of human nature, it is highly likely most of us have been both morally intelligent and morally incompetent at the same time. What's vital for sustainable organizational and personal success, however, is a directional commitment to our moral principles, what we call our moral compass. Visit our book's companion website at

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.