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Bad Leadership: What It Is, How It Happens, Why It Matters by Barbara Kellerman

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CHAPTER EIGHT

Corrupt

William Aramony

Corrupt Leadership—the leader and at least some followers lie, cheat, or steal. To a degree that exceeds the norm, they put self-interest ahead of the public interest.

LIKE A VIRUS that easily insinuates itself, corrupt leaders, and those who follow them, are everywhere. No place is immune: not churches or charities, not banking or biotech, not small towns or large cities, not North America or South America or, for that matter, any other place on the planet. For example, a recent survey confirms that corporate America is infected with corruption: More than one-third of companies polled had been victimized by fraud and other kinds of economic crime.1

The temptations are great, and for leaders in particular ...

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