September 29, 2005

News & Opinion: What is Moral Intelligence?

By: 800-CEO-READ @ 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