When employees engage in wrongdoing, internal investigators determine how it was done. From there, management decides on corrective and disciplinary actions.
The ethical leader goes further and asks “What is it about our culture that made them think it was OK, or that they would get away with it?”
The citizens that stormed the US Capitol yesterday will be prosecuted and the building’s security will be enhanced. But our political leaders must go further and ask the same question. What is it about us – about our culture, about our system, about our laws, about how we take care of each other, that led to this?
Good corporate leaders do not simply label wrongdoers as a “bad apples”. Neither should good political leaders.