Tag Archives: scandal

Transformational #Trump: The Contradictions Behind the Mask

Taking Donald Trump seriously means looking behind the mask to the contradictions that make him both entertaining and dangerous as a leader. According to the Economist, “Mr Trump’s secret sauce has two spices. First, he has a genius for self-promotion, unmoored from reality (“I play to people’s fantasies. I call it truthful hyperbole,” he once […]

The Lost Media “Cult” of David Petraeus, or The Emperor’s New Clothes Syndrome

Danger Room senior reporter Spencer Ackerman wrote a fascinating article about his complicity in the media hype that made General David Petraeus a hero. Without that carefully constructed pedestal, Petraeus might not have risen so high, or fallen because of a personal moral lapse. Through this lens, it’s possible that Petraeus fall came from an […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]