It is in that context that we can ask:
Why have so many seemingly successful companies failed in recent years? Why is there widespread anxiety over company/organisational leadership? Why are so many countries questioning the quality and effectiveness of their political leadership?
Inflated Belief in Personal Ability
Unbalanced Personal Life
Fear of Failure
Control of Resources
No Direct Supervision
Ability to Influence
Ability to set Agenda
Control over Decision Making
Loss of Strategic Focus
Organisation on Autopilot
Delegation without Supervision
Neglect of Strategy
- Leaders are in their positions to focus on doing what is right for their organisation’s short-term and long-term success. This can't happen if they aren't where they are supposed to be, doing what they are supposed to be doing.
- There will always be temptations that come in a variety of shapes and forms that will tempt leaders to make decisions they know they shouldn't make. With success will come additional ethical trials.
- Perpetrating an unethical act is a personal, conscious choice on the part of the leader that frequently places a greater emphasis on personal gratification rather than on the organisation’s needs.
- It is difficult if not impossible to partake in unethical behaviour without implicating and/or involving others in the organisation
- Attempts to cover-up unethical practices can have dire organisational consequences including innocent people getting hurt, power being abused, trust being violated, other individuals being corrupted, and the diversion of needed resources.
- Not getting caught initially can produce self-delusion and increase the likelihood of future unethical behaviour.
- Getting caught can destroy the leader, the organisation, innocent people, and everything the leader has spent his/her life working for.”