Uber Needs Leaders With Integrity if it Wants to Change its Culture, Ross Professor Says
Scandal-plagued Uber can start moving in the right direction only if executives at the top lead and act with integrity.
That’s according to Ross Professor Cindy Schipani, an expert on ethical behavior, and the promotion of women in the workplace. She spoke with Bloomberg and the Associated Press about Uber’s revelations, and corrective actions the ride-sharing company has outlined.
Internal and external investigations at Uber revealed problems such as sexism, harassment, inappropriate behavior, and complaints swept under the rug.
“What it really comes down to in my mind is having people in charge who have integrity. This is not rocket science to avoid sexual harassment — that’s about just treating people with respect,” Schipani told Bloomberg, adding that new policies Uber vowed to put in place should have appeared long ago.
CEO Travis Kalanick agreed to take a temporary leave of absence from the company, but Schipani told the Associated Press that it would be best for him to resign.
“That's where the culture comes from. It has to change at the top and he has to recognize what he does, his actions, speak louder than anything put on paper," she said.