HET President Mark Pastin discusses the potential impact of making an ethical mistakes in the workplace as part of the Leadership Lab series in The Globe and Mail newspaper.
It is often far harder to recover from an ethics mistake than an ordinary mistake. While an ordinary mistake may reveal a lack of knowledge or attention, an ethical mistake colours perception of everything a person does. When caught in an ethical mistake, admitting to it often does not settle the matter. Doubt remains about the character of the person who made the mistake.