Accountability for Actions Long Past

With judicial nominee Neomi Rao walking back comments she made in college about date rape and a continuing conflagration over Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s pictures in his yearbook of a man in blackface accompanied by someone in a KKK robe, the conversation about how long someone should be held accountable for juvenile actions has roiled again to the surface of both media and personal conversations. We have no problem holding people accountable for actions taken in the here and now. A more troublesome question is when—if ever—people should no longer be held accountable for actions taken in the distant past.

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Ego Free Leadership

Those of us who study leadership and ethics toggle between books that focus on a systems or organizational approach to improving the performance of an organization and those that focus on improving the skills of the leaders themselves. As Kendall Lyman stated in Change the Way You Change (2017), the answer is probably a “both-and” rather than an either-or.

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