Leaders in the News: A reality TV show, a comedy of errors, or a Greek tragedy?

In just one hour of news here’s how leaders made the headlines:

“Lockheed Martin CEO ousted after having an affair with an employee”

“General Allen, a “Superstar Military Leader” linked to “inappropriate” emails”

 “General Petraeus (head of the CIA) guilty of an extra-marital affair, sex scandal’”

Yes, it’s shocking to see the dirty laundry of public heroes in their own right being aired in public, and perhaps that’s what makes the news.

Yet, it seems to be happening more often than ever before:  Leaders who are responsible for making decisions and who have such influence over so many lives making shockingly poor decisions for their own personal gain or satisfaction.

Which leads me to ask a different question …

Why do we continue to be so shocked at the misbehavior and poor personal decisions of leaders compared to “regular” people who make the same poor decisions?

Let’s start by asking:  Whose problem is it?

Maybe it is the problem of the leader who, perhaps as a result of extraordinary success and accomplishment, develops one or a combination of the following belief systems:

 

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Christina Haxton is the Chief Potential Officer & Founder of The Center for Sustainable Strategies, a business strategy & executive advisory company, assisting technology and life science entrepreneurs, business owners & CEOs to build a strong, purpose-driven company, achieve sustainable growth & avoid burnout. Contact Christina at (970) 387-8935 or christina@sustainable-leaders.com to inquire about speaking, training, coaching and consulting solutions for yourself or your company.

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Andy Phillips says November 25, 2012

Thought provoking post. I’m not sure if much has changed, just more awareness. I think though that there is a cultural issue here. Not sure he would have had to resign if French! I’m not sure how having an affair makes someone a worse general. What do we know about the happiness of his marriage etc? What strikes me is that people have a tendency to hold those in high leadership positions to a higher standard than they hold themselves.

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