Leaders We Can Live Without
Circumstances matter. Is it infidelity in the workplace or outside of it? If it is the former, it matters whether the infidelity is with a subordinate, in which case hierarchy and power dynamics enter the picture. It is no longer just a case of wandering affections and consent among adults but possible violations of the law.
It also matters whether infidelity means showing partiality and favoritism in that certain people, not because of merit or talent, get special treatment. All too often this seems to be a byproduct of infidelity, that favored partners get favors because they are partners, and we object to this in the both public and private organizations.
Then there is the issue of judgment apart from these other factors. What does it say about a leader who appears to be so out of control that he abandons his responsibilities for an assignation? I am not sure we lose much in the way of leadership talent when leader's infidelity falls into one of these three categories.
Posted by: ssen | July 1, 2009 4:15 PM
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