Description: Recent events at Penn State University, while certainly reflecting a very serious issue that should not be taken lightly, provide a unique opportunity to explore several aspects of management. The decision to use this situation as a basis for discussion should be carefully considered.
Source: J. W. Miller, & R. Bachman, “Paterno Ousted at Penn State,” Wall Street Journal
Date: November 10, 2011
Questions for discussion:
- Discuss the ways in which power may have come into play throughout the situation. Do not limit your discussion to any single individual involved.
- From what you know about Joe Paterno, comment on his leadership traits?
- From the standpoint of moral leadership, why did Coach Paterno have to be fired? What aspects of moral leadership are now open to question?
- Joe Paterno embodied “old-fashioned” leadership. Do you agree or disagree? Why?