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Why board chairpersons need to be able to recognise the corporate psychopath CEO


Boddy, CR, Why board chairpersons need to be able to recognise the corporate psychopath CEO, BAM2018 Conference Proceedings, 4-6 September 2018, University of the West of England, pp. 1-13. ISBN 978-0-9956413-1-0 (2018) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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This conceptual paper discusses some of the main reasons why, despite headlines indicating that psychopathy and success somehow go together, board chairpersons need to be informed how to recognize and deal with the psychopathic CEO. The consequences of psychopathic bullying and abusive leadership are explored through the literature. The paper concludes that psychopaths in CEO and other leadership positions are detrimental to the longer term interests of the organisations that employ them and that therefore their leadership needs to be countered by board chairs, as the only people who can realistically undertake this daunting task.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:corporate psychopaths, leadership, toxic leadership, governance
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Strategy, management and organisational behaviour
Research Field:Organisational planning and management
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)
ID Code:128532
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:TSBE
Deposited On:2018-09-27
Last Modified:2019-03-20
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