The break point for me was the fact that Ms Leadsom initially claimed that her comments had been reported out of context by the journalist and that she had not said what it was claimed that she said.
That’s the kicker for me – the fact is that as humans we all make mistakes. The mark of our maturity and our integrity is how we manage and respond to those mistakes.
In this instance as I read it from the media coverage, the candidate made a poorly chosen comment and tried to lie her way out of it when it was made public.
To me as a coach and mentor of effective leaders, there is no room for lies. Ever.
Own up to a mistake and apologise and make good as best you can. The more you try to cover it, the worse it will be when it eventually becomes public.