They say that employees look to their boss to determine their behavior and actions. If employees have a lax boss who often breaks the rules in front of them, employee morale and work output will be very low.
As if he doesn't have enough problems, President Barack Obama must now deal with a sex scandal of worldwide proportions which threatens to blow President Nixon's Watergate scandal out of the water.
President Obama spoke on Sunday for the first time about allegations that 11 Secret Service agents cavorted with prostitutes and got liquored up in wild parties at the luxury hotel Caribe in Cartagena, Colombia -- all on the taxpayer's dime.
The 11 agents were relieved of their duties and sent home. Many, if not all, of the 11 agents were married men.
Mr. Obama said he would be "angry" if the allegations turned out to be true.
Reportedly, the Secret Service sex parties were so wild that hotel employees (or the U.S. State Department) issued a curfew to clear the hotel of all the prostitutes by 7a.m.
All visitors going up to the agents' rooms were required to sign in and leave their identification at the front desk.
But one prostitute either refused -- or forgot -- to leave her ID at the front desk.
A search of the hotel discovered the missing prostitute in a room of one of the agents. An argument broke out over whether the agent should pay the prostitute for services rendered before she was ejected from the hotel for breaking the curfew.
The media, on Saturday, reported 2 different scenarios about what happened next.
In the first scenario, the prostitute was not paid, and she immediately complained to the police. In the second scenario, the Secret Service agent eventually paid the prostitute $49 -- but the hotel reported the incident to police. Either way it goes, the police contacted the state department.
The 11 Secret Service agents were placed on a bus to the airport on Friday, the day before President Obama set foot in Colombia to attend the Latin America Summit involving 30 world leaders.
How much did Mr. Obama know and when did he know it?
"The president was made aware of the incident yesterday," White House Spokesperson Jay Carney told the media on Sunday.
But was the president made aware of other past incidents involving the Secret Service that we don't know about?
During the news conference on the final day of a Latin America summit on Sunday, the president, at least publicly, feigned ignorance of any previous incidents involving his Secret Service agents.
One blogger certainly thinks he knew. In fact, the blogger titled his post on the misconduct, Obama the Pimp: Secret Service Gone Wild.
To believe that President Obama never got wind of any of this behavior happening right under his nose, would be a bit premature.
Former Washington Post reporter Ronald Kessler wrote a book detailing the widespread "mismanagement" within the Secret Service organization. Surely Mr. Obama has heard of Kessler's book?
Calling the latest sex scandal "clearly the ... biggest scandal in Secret Service history, Kessler said that Mark Sullivan, director of the Secret Service, should have been fired after the fiasco involving gate-crashers Michaele and Tareq Salahi. Instead, President Obama fired his close friend Desiree Rogers, who obviously took one for the team.
Kessler believes the president's life is in danger as a result of the Secret Service's culture of misconduct.
But during the news conference, Obama condemned the agents who are responsible for protecting his life and the lives of his family.
He said the agents represent the United States and are supposed to conduct themselves with the highest levels of dignity anywhere in the world. "Obviously, what's been reported doesn't match up to those standards," Obama said in the news conference Sunday.
Obama said a "rigorous" investigation was currently under way.
"I expect that investigation to be thorough, and I expect it to be rigorous," Obama said. "If it turns out that some of the allegations that have been made in the press are confirmed, then of course I'll be angry. ... We are representing the people of the United States, and when we travel to another country, I expect us to observe the highest standards."
"Things like this don't happen once if they didn't happen before," said California Rep. Darrell Issa, who leads the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
Appearing Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation," Issa said: "It's not about whether the president was in danger this time. It's whether or not you need to make changes so the American people can have confidence in all of their workforce."
It certainly seems as if the Secret Service does not have confidence in their boss, the president.