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Unethical leaders thrive on support from followers

Study shows employees shrug off unethical behaviours by justifying them.

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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