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Intern Reading Group: The Bathsheba Syndrome - The Ethical Failure of Successful Leaders

Longworth 1420

"Reports of ethical violations by upper level managers contine to multiply despite increasing attention being given to ethics by firms and business schools. Much of the analysis of these violations focuses on either these managers’ lack of operational principles or their willingness to abandon principles in the face of competitive pressures... While valuable, these approaches alone are incomplete." The Bathsheba Syndrome: The Ethical Failure of Successful Leaders by Dean Ludwig and Clinton Longenecker, April 1993, Journal of Business Ethics.


The temptation and sin of King David is a tale as old as time, but what can this important Biblical story teach modern-day professionals? Harvard University researchers argue that top-level managers are still succumbing to the same weakness as the famous King of Israel. They argue, however, that success is the primary driver that leads these individuals into serious and sometimes career-ending mistakes. Their findings present an important lesson – and warning – to professionals young and seasoned about coping with success and staying true to themselves, even when the rest of your world hails you as a king.

The Intern Reading Group will meet to discuss "The Bathsheba Syndrome: The Ethical Failure of Successful Leaders".

A boxed lunch will be provided, but please bring your own beverage.

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