Thug Leadership

Leadership by threat, assuming it can be called leadership at all. You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours. You don’t scratch my back, and I will tear yours apart. You complain about the shredding, and I will liquefy you.

From Megan Twohey, Jodi Kantor, Susan Dominus, Jim Rutenberg and Steve Eder, “Weinstein’s Complicity Machine“. New York Times, December 6, 2017:

He commanded enablers, silencers and spies, warning others who discovered his secrets to say nothing. He courted those who could provide the money or prestige to enhance his reputation as well as his power to intimidate…

…how he operated for more than three decades: by trying to turn others into instruments or shields for his behavior…Almost everyone had incentives to look the other way or reasons to stay silent…

Minutes before The New York Times published the first allegations about Mr. Weinstein this fall, he called the reporters who wrote it. Swinging between flattery and threats, he said that he had ways of knowing who had cooperated with the investigation and the means to undermine it.

“I am a man who has great resources,” he warned…

…Mr. Weinstein threatened: “You’re not so clean either — I have stuff on you,” he said…“His modus operandi was always to try to find something on someone else”…

After years of support for Mr. Weinstein, most of the board members have now quit, while publicly staying silent…

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