Tag Archives: fall from grace

On Leadership: Petraeus Post-Scandal Reaps Privilege, Profit

David Petraeus has a lot of jobs lately, CUNY and KKR Global Institute. But Jena McGregor reports in the Washington Post’s On Leadership that he’s backed off on the impossibly lucrative $200,000 salary for adjunct work at CUNY, now claiming $1 for his class at Macauley Honors College. McGregor notes that “the Ivory Tower has long […]

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 […]

Bathsheba Syndrome: Leadership and Power, Lust and Sin

Carey Upton, in his blog Creating the 21st Century,  wrote a great essay about Bathsheba Syndrome, about the impact of leaders whose moral failings happen partly because of their success and power. Based on the myth of King David and Bathsheba from the Old Testament of the Bible, and other sources. Upton does a great […]