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Leadership in Fighting Big Tobacco Companies

Dr. Jeffrey Wigand became one of the best-known whistleblowers after his experience was turned into a movie, The insider. He proved tobacco companies were deliberately boosting the nicotine content of cigarettes, making them more addictive and cancer causing. However, similar to other whistleblowers, he suffered from tremendous stress and received death threats and other forms of intimidation for doing the right thing.

** Do you think Dr. Wigand's mistreatment was justified? Why? What would you do if you found an unethical practice, say a salesman giving a kickback to a customer, in your workplace? Provide a rationale for your answer.

** The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership are: model the way, inspire a shared vision, challenge the process, enable others to act, and encourage the heart. By his act, did Dr. Wigand display any of these leadership qualities?

Please provide at least one paragraph or two for each point with references if available.

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I do not think that Dr. Wigands mistreatment was justified, due to the fact that he was an individual that was seeking to do the right thing, in his attempt to stop the powerful tobacco companies from boosting the nicotine content of cigarettes, which was very detrimental to the health of cigarette consumers and users.Dr. Wigand's action should have been rewarded with gratitude instead of hostility.

If I found ...