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When the Mighty have Fallen
Make sure you do the right thing. Tell the truth.
If you live your life with a high level of integrity, it is a lot easier to justify your actions if/when you are called to account for them.
Unfortunately, not everyone lives up to this standard.
If you find that a leader in your organization has done the wrong thing, you may be left to pick up the pieces. Embezzlement, or a sex scandal, or some other illegal and/or immoral activity may come to light. As the perpetrator is disentangled from the organization, it’s important to set the standard back up for those who remain—communicate your expectations and walk the walk yourself. If people have been wronged, then actively work to make them whole. Let your clients know that there is a new sheriff in town. If you can save the organization, that can be a priority.
But if the organization is broken by this violation, help as many of your people “into the lifeboats” as you can. Help them find new jobs. Make sure that clients’ materials are properly transferred. Do the right thing. Let your actions stand in contrast to the low-integrity person. It might be a short-term stressor and hardship, but it will be a long-term gain.