We have all heard the story of how a rotten apple when placed in a basket of healthy apples, has the power and ability to ‘spoil’ the entire bunch. Biologically speaking, this occurs because the rotting apple gives off ethylene, which speeds up the ripening of the other apples. We do not know if this happens in the case of humans: it would be interesting to find out.
What we do know however, is how an effete, ineffective and corrupt leader can cause his team and organisation to “rot” and malfunction over a period of time. This is evident if you analyse the saga of global business giants which fell by the wayside simply due to the failings of the top management – more particularly, the top manager.