By David Gebler
Just after Gen. David Petraeus resigned from his post as head of the CIA, there was an outpouring of sympathetic media. Before possible national security issues came to light, friends, allies, and commentators wondered aloud why the four-star general’s private behavior should have any relevance to his performance as a valuable leader in the war against global terrorism.
New developments in the story might have quieted these critics a bit. However, it’s important for all business and government leaders to grasp how their personal behavior affects the organization’s culture. In short, reckless risk taking by a leader begets reckless risk taking by his or her subordinates, managers, and employees. Dishonesty begets more dishonesty.
Here are six reasons a leader’s private behavior really IS their people’s business.