The Al Capone theory of sexual harassment says that predators are disproportionately likely to falsify expense reports, plagiarize, take credit for other people’s work, and do other bad stuff. Therefore, leaders and organizations should:

  1. Take allegations of sexual harassment as a cue to investigate for other wrongdoings.
  2. Carefully screen potential employees and business partners for a history of sexual misconduct.
  3. Work to gain the trust of people who are most likely to be targets of harassment, because they are more likely to know who the perpetrators are.

I don’t know what they teach in business schools, but this article should be required reading.

Fiona Voss @fiona