Targeting Mr. Unethical Leader – Nu Leadership Series

“Ambition has one heel nailed in well, though she stretch her fingers to touch the heavens.”
Lao Tzu

Why are we seeing so many bad leaders today? Did they all break out of “bad boy” jail? We will expose the threats of a corrupt leader in your organization. It’s a very destructive story. Did you see the movie Training Day? It was a shocker to many people to see Denzel Washington (an American icon) as a nasty desperado. What would his mother think? Well, Denzel won an Oscar for Best Actor in 2002 for his “out of character” role. In Training Day, Jake Hoyt is an ambitious, young cop assigned to a LAPD veteran narcotics detective, Alonzo Harris (Denzel). Hoyt feels the way to achieve his goals is following this leader, Alonzo. Alonzo, however, is a crooked cop and a student of the “Seven Deadly Sins.” According to Warren (religious expert) the phrase “Seven Deadly Sins” is related to Roman Catholic folklore and church tradition; some sins were personally deemed to ruin a Christian spiritual progress. The list consisted of pride, avarice (greed), envy, wrath, lust, gluttony, and slothfulness. These attributes are not good leadership qualities. It only takes one bad leader to destroy an organization’s core values.

Without any controls or limits, a bad leader can ruin your organization. Getting back to the Training Day example, Hoyt should have exercised better judgment when he first determined that Alonzo, his designated mentor, was an evil person. People, especially leaders, need to pick their friends and associates carefully. Therefore, it’s important that leaders aligned themselves with the right people. Are you associated with an unethical leader? Will it damage your leadership influence in your organization? Please beware of these hidden dangers! Start today!


Training Day DVD Review (2005). Received on November 6, 2005 from

Warren, T. (2005). What are the Seven Deadly Sins, and is this Biblical? Received on November 6, 2005 from

© 2006 by Daryl D. Green