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The Petraeus Syndrome and Leadership Stories: A Rotten Rose by Any Other Name?

Many of us have wanted to change the name of the Bathsheba Syndrome to the David Syndrome — identifying the one who made the mess by his bad choices as the source of the problem. But until recently, I hadn’t realized that there are many renaming projects going on since General David Petraeus’ affair with […]

Are we overreacting to private mistakes? Broken pedestals and the constant leadership crisis of the American “freak show”

Francis Cline’s NY Times editorial introduces Neil MacDonald’s wisdom about the ongoing Rob Ford leadership scandal. Ford is an extreme case of private behavior poisoning public perceptions. But in other cases, are we overreacting? Is private morality really the marker of good leaders, or is that a new leadership myth? The CBC Washington Correspondent wryly […]

David Petraeus Cartoons: A Picture of the National Distraction

How can we properly thank the cartoonists who capture a current moment in history, with a clever slant that wryly shows us who we are now. Reminding us of other less delicious, more entrenched scandals… Or demonstrating our distraction from more life and death issues… Or pointing out an oddly paradoxical naivete of leadership… Or […]

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 […]