Case: The Bathsheba Syndrome
Have you ever wondered why people, such as General Petraeus and Harvey Weinstein, who have made it to the top stumble and fall? Were they bad people all along, or did a perfect storm of interacting variables lead to their downfall? How can we prevent leaders at the top of organizations from engaging in unethical acts and bringing the rest down with them?
To complete this discussion, first, read The Bathsheba Syndrome: The Ethical Failure of Successful Leaders. Then, for your initial post, address the following:
If virtue or good character is, as Aristotle says, a good habit, then what happened to King David?
When we select leaders, how is it possible to tell which ones are likely to fall prey to the Bathsheba Syndrome?
In Module 2, you explored the idea of unchecked power in the Ring of Gyges. How is this different? Would you have acted the same in King David’s position?