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Steve Smith’s admission to cheating the Rules of Cricket to gain competitive advantage have sent shockwaves around the world. The position of Australian cricket captain and the Australian cricket team itself are held in such high esteem by this country due to the way they play the game, aggressively but fairly has been shattered by this decision. In effect Smith and his ‘leadership team’ have broken the trust that the Australian public from Prime Minister down, have entrusted with them to protect the integrity of cricket as well as Australian values and principles on the sporting field.

 

Today, via James Sutherland CEO Cricket Australia’s media conference, we will get a clearer understanding of what actually transpired within the dressing room leading to the cheating incident. The media conference will see the beginning of the actions Cricket Australia propose to take to rectify this situation and regain the trust of the public, sponsors, broadcasters for looming media rights deals, and importantly the loyal participants and followers of cricket.

 

One of the areas which will come under much scrutiny will be team culture and the high performance system which surrounds the team. How could a decision like this happen if the high performance culture was strong, resilient, highly principled, ethical and valued winning but not at any cost.

 

There are so many take-aways for any business or organisation from this episode. It is an explicit case study of leadership and a leader who, in one decision, can betray the trust of everything that he believes in, and others believe of him.

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