1. He smoked cocaine. He says it was a year ago. He
2. He admitted to being drunk twice. Should I say still? Not a crime but it reflects on his additions and judgment; his ability to may good decisions – a trait needed by politicians. This is his defense – his excuse for doing stupid things?
Insanity would be a better defense.
3. He denied the first incident initially and then admitted it. In other words, he lied.
4. On video, he threatened another person (unknown) with murder and bodily harm.
5. The police have arrested one of his friends on drug charges. That “friend” will probably rat him
6. The man clearly has addition issues including food additions. He is in denial about them.
7. He lacks sound judgment.
8. He lacks ethics.
9. He is dishonest.
10. He is stupid. He allowed himself to be videotaped while he was high on drugs.
His behavior is not new. He says the videos are a year old. The public is just now beginning to know him better - the real mayor. In spite of the scandal, his approval ratings have actually increased. He has refused to resign. He can’t continue to apologize. Rehab won’t work, because there is no rehab for stupidity.
I wrote about leaders needing to be honest in my e-book, Leadership for New Managers: Book
Two, http://smashwords.com/b/300090. Here is what I wrote:
Kouzes and Posner administered a survey to over 75,000 people asking what values they look for in their leader; 88% of the respondents selected honesty. It means doing what is right legally and morally. Leader/managers of integrity consistently follow clear principles. To instill values in others,
leader/managers must demonstrate them.
If Rob Ford lacks honesty, how can he be an effective leader that sets the example for others? (Click to tweet.) What next? I can hardly wait.