Category David Petraeus

Antidote to the Bathsheba Syndrome: Nathan as Spiritual Leader

Soldier and businessman David Petraeus has become the poster-dude for the David Syndrome (also known as the Bathsheba Syndrome, in popular parlance.) Now, thanks to CDR Stallard and Major Sanger, in the Marine Corps Gazette,  we have a spiritual view of the antidote, the Nathan Solution. The Nathan Solution hearkens back to the Bible story […]

Leadership Excellence: It’s What We Do, not What We Say

March Leadership News We judge a leader by what they do! Here are some notable leaders whose actions speak very loudly about their integrity — or lack of it. David Petraeus was forced to resign from his job as CIA director in 2012 after security breaches were revealed through his extramarital affair with biographer Paula […]

It’s a Man’s World: the Bathsheba Syndrome, Moral Leadership and Cultural Differences

Over Christmas I was talking with my niece and nephew about the Bathsheba Syndrome, the story of King David and Queen Bathsheba in the Bible, and the implications of moral misconduct for leadership and morality. (Yes, I do have a remarkable family, and am grateful every day!) They asked if it was a syndrome mostly […]

Do Scandals Really Hurt Leading Men? David Petraeus New Life…

According to the Washington Post’s On Leadership blog, David Petraeus is making out like a king seven months after the scandal that titillated the US and “outed” US Military ethical problems. In April, he announced he would be joining the City University of New York’s Macaulay Honors College for a one-year position as a visiting […]

Enough about the Bathsheba Syndrome: Let’s Talk About King David Syndrome

The Bathsheba Syndrome in leadership thought is basically the temptation of a powerful man to step outside of morality and sin, usually sexually by committing adultery. The source of the story is the Old Testament, and it’s much in the news because of the recent David Petraeus scandal. I’ve blogged in detail about both our […]

The Bathsheba Syndrome, a Modern Obsession: Sexuality, Morality and Leadership

Ever since the David Petraeus Scandal last November, there’s been a lot of buzz about the Bathsheba Syndrome and the ethical lapses of powerful married men in the military and politics. The fall from grace is blamed mostly on the disconnection of the powerful from moral standards, a psychological disorder of power. But there’s levels […]

David Petraeus: How does the sex scandal reflect on his leadership ability?

CIA Director, 4-Star General David Petraeus resigned this week because of implications that his extramarital affair jeopardized national security. It’s a familiar story, although the ending of this one — the resignation — isn’t always inevitable. Presidents, Representatives, Governors, Deans, CEOs — many are tempted and many give in to temptation. A few resign over […]