Leadership lesson from the Penn State scandal

Most of us who are sports fans were shocked by the recent events at Penn State University.  Besides the alleged crimes (which I will not discuss in this post) there were some other allegations in the press that seemed to indicate that a number of leaders at Penn State – including former head football coach Joe Paterno — might not have taken all the actions they should have taken. Regardless of the merits of those allegations, it’s worth us stepping back and taking a moment to think about one of the most important requirements for a leader: integrity.

When your integrity is tested, by definition the situation is not pleasant (otherwise there would be no test, right?). You can do too little, which may have happened in the Penn State case. Even if the incident was reported promptly, the years of delay would suggest that there was inadequate follow up.

Read the rest at The Washington Business Journal.