Boddy, CR, Psychopathic Leadership A Case Study of a Corporate Psychopath CEO, Journal of Business Ethics, 145, (1) pp. 141-156. ISSN 0167-4544 (2017) [Refereed Article]
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This longitudinal case study reports on a charity in the UK which gained a new CEO who was reported by two middle managers who worked in the charity, to embody (respectively) all or most of the ten characteristics within a measure of corporate psychopathy. The leadership of this CEO with a high corporate psychopathy score was reported to be so poor that the organisation was described as being one without leadership and as a lost organisation with no direction. This paper outlines the resultant characteristics of the ensuing aimlessness and lack of drive of the organisation involved. Comparisons are made to a previous CEO in the same organisation, who was reportedly an authentic, effective and transformational leader. Outcomes under the CEO with a high corporate psychopathy score were related to bullying, staff withdrawal and turnover as effective employees stayed away from and/or left the organisation. Outcomes also included a marked organisational decline in terms of revenue, employee commitment, creativity and organisational innovativeness. The paper makes a contribution to both leadership and to corporate psychopathy research as it appears to be the first reported study of a CEO with a high corporate psychopathy score.
|Item Type:||Refereed Article|
|Keywords:||corporate psychopaths, leadership, transformational leadership, employee voice, leaderless-ness|
|Research Division:||Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services|
|Research Group:||Strategy, management and organisational behaviour|
|Research Field:||Organisational behaviour|
|Objective Division:||Expanding Knowledge|
|Objective Group:||Expanding knowledge|
|Objective Field:||Expanding knowledge in commerce, management, tourism and services|
|UTAS Author:||Boddy, CR (Professor Clive Boddy)|
|Web of Science® Times Cited:||47|
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