Corruption and Leadership

More frequently we read about leaders in large public organisations abusing their powerful leadership position. They are not able to manage their power and became greedy for money and fall down the corruption trap. A recent example was some of the FIFA leaders who have reportedly accepted bribes exceeding $150 million.

The British historian, Lord Acton wrote in a letter in 1887, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely,“ and the leadership of FIFA absolutely has had incredible and autonomous power.

Leaders have been struggling with the ethics of power since the first tribal leader assumed his position and distributed the food from his hunt to his followers.  From primitive man, to global regulatory bodies, the rules and laws have evolved, but their relationship to responsibility continues to be debated. The mix of politics and profits is a dangerous beverage which can inebriate leaders who rationalise unethical or illegal decisions as necessary for the greater good.

Whitespace focuses on the delicate balance between Power and Responsibility in its offering of Advanced Leadership seminars.

We understand how leaders can make decisions which will haunt them and erode their power and effectiveness and explores how to rectify and prevent these mistakes.

Our seminars explores how a leader can be more transparent and communicate the goals or missions of the organisation while adhering to ethics and responsibility as guiding principles, never to be ignored.

What coaching and policies should organisations put in place to prevent leaders from getting attracted to corruption?