Linda Fisher Thornton

Adjunct Associate Professor, Human Resource Management


Linda Fisher Thornton has been named among the Top 100 Leadership Speakers for 2018 by Inc. Magazine and has been awarded a Top Thought Leaders in Trust: 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award by Trust Across America-Trust Around the World. She is a leadership development professional with over 25 years of experience in business leadership and leadership development, and she serves as CEO of Leading in Context LLC.


Named in the Top 100 Leadership Speakers for 2018 in Inc. magazine.

Recognized for 15 years of teaching service, University of Richmond School of Professional & Continuing Studies, January 2018

Awarded a Top Thought Leaders in Trust: 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award (featured on the cover of the Winter 2017 issue of Trust! Magazine)

Leading in Context Blog in the Top 100 Socially Shared Leadership Blogs 2016-2017, 2015 and 2014 (CMOE)

Nominated for the 2009 Distinguished Faculty Award, School of Continuing Studies, University of Richmond.


Thornton, L. F. (2015, May). The 7 lenses of ethical leadership. Presentation to the Commonwealth Managers Association, Performance Management Group, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond

Thornton, L. F. (2014, March). Ethical practice: A responsibility and an opportunity to bring out our best. Keynote address at the Virginia CSA Conference

Thornton, L. F. (2012, October). The future of ethics and business leadership. Presentation to the Richmond Society of Human Resource Management. Richmond, Va.

Professional Experience

Leading in Context, LLC

Institutional Service

Chair, SPCS Adjunct Faculty Advisory Committee, 2011-2013



Thornton, L. F. (2013). 7 Lenses: Learning the principles and practices of ethical leadership. Richmond, Va.: Leading in Context.


Thornton, L. F. (2014, January). Ethical leadership, 7 lenses: principles and practices, Warren Bennis Leadership Excellence Essentials

Thornton, L.F. (2012). Ethical leadership: Leaders to discover it as a strategic advantage. The Human Factor (India), 3(12), 50-51.

Thornton, L. F. (2010, March). Leadership ethics training: Why is it so hard to get it right? The Best of T&D: Leadership: The Best of Leadership Development 2006-2009, American Society for Training and Development. (Reprinted from Training and Development, 63(9), 58-61)


Thornton, L.F. (2010, June 14). Today, ethical leadership matters more than ever [Editorial]. Richmond Times-Dispatch, p. B1.


B.A., University of Virginia 1983
Linguistics and Rhetoric and Communication Studies

M.Ed., George Washington University 1994
Education and Human Development

Contact Information

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