“Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority; still more when you superadd the tendency of the certainty of corruption by authority.”
Does this apply to all organizations, even award-winning nonprofits? Well, a decision today here from the 5th DCA, which brought this to mind, begins like this:
After being elected president of the Bakersfield Green Thumb Garden Club (the Club), plaintiff John Lucas began to carry out his office in a manner that many Club members described as overbearing, autocratic and offensive. When plaintiff persisted in this style of leadership, the members of the Club took action. At a general membership meeting, a vote was taken that removed plaintiff from office.The removed-president sued the Club and individual members. Defendants won at a bench trial, and the 5th DCA affirms. But the decision notes that the litigation expenses pushed the club into insolvency.