The Unethical Leader: Who Follows?

When high-profile cases of fraud make the news, we often focus our attention on the CEO or other C-suite executives, asking what signs were missed and how we might better anticipate who might commit fraud. Academics have researched the characteristics of those who commit fraud, including such exemplars as Bernie Ebbers.[1] Recent research has focused on narcissism, the trait that includes self-aggrandizement, the need for admiration, dominance over others, and other signs of grandiosity, as a significant indicator of a leader whose personal ethics will allow him or her to pursue personal gain and glory at the expense of … Read more