While selecting for and developing positive leader traits and behaviors can improve leadership performance, forgetting about the destructive aspects of leadership is risky. Because of leaders’ direct and indirect influence in organizations (for example, giving orders to followers, establishing reward and information systems, setting norms, acting as role models, shaping an organization’s culture), destructive leaders have the potential to do harm to followers, organizations, and external stakeholders. This chapter offers a brief overview of the most researched concepts in the field of destructive leadership, showcases empirical results that emphasize their importance, and addresses several questions concerning: followers’ perspectives on, and definitions of, destructive leaders; the extent to which destructive leadership is intended or the consequence of incompetence/indifference; whether destructive outcomes are the leader’s intention or a mere side-effect of other aims, such as performance management; and how context influences the perception and actual behaviors of destructive leadership. Addressing these four questions may help us to overcome blind spots in leadership research, practice, and teaching, thus providing a more complete perspective of what the leadership process in fact entails.
|Title of host publication||What's Wrong With Leadership?|
|Subtitle of host publication||Improving Leadership Research and Practice|
|Editors||Ronald E. Riggio|
|Place of Publication||New York|
|Publisher||Taylor and Francis Ltd.|
|Number of pages||18|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2018|