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Unethical leaders thrive on support from followers

Study shows employees shrug off unethical behaviours by justifying them.

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The leaders of Enron, Worldcom, Tyco and City Harvest Church would not have been able to carry out their shady ventures on such a grand scale and for as long as they did without the daily support from their employees3.

WHAT happens when a leader behaves unethically?

The follower's perception of the leader's trustworthiness suffers and future interactions between them becomes strained.

Yet, consider these striking examples: Enron, Worldcom, Tyco and, closer to home, City Harvest Church. The

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