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Employee Well-Being Under Corporate Psychopath Leaders


Boddy, CR and Malovany, E and Kunter, A and Gull, G, Employee Well-Being Under Corporate Psychopath Leaders, The Palgrave Handbook of Workplace Well-Being, Palgrave Macmillan, S Dhiman (ed), Switzerland, pp. 1-28. ISBN 978-3-030-30024-1 (2021) [Research Book Chapter]

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This chapter reports on twenty-one in-depth interviews in the UK and USA with corporate employees who were currently working or had previously worked with a toxic leader in the form of a corporate psychopath. This is thus a chapter that is concerned with the impact on well-being of working with a corporate psychopath. Corporate psychopathy was defined using a measure of psychopathy involving proto-typical characteristics such as lying, cheating, egocentricity, emotional unresponsiveness and grandiosity. A contribution of the chapter is that it answers the call for research which links the destructive leadership literature with employee well-being. Research participants in both countries reported that their wellbeing was affected by psychopathic leadership, with reports of stress-related illnesses and depression, including suicidal thoughts. The chapter concludes that corporate psychopaths, in both the UK and USA, appear to have a similar protocol for achieving their objectives and achieve similar results. This protocol involves using loud, regular, public bullying combined with threats of violence to create a fearful, cowed and compliant workforce who can the more easily be manipulated and controlled by the abusive corporate psychopath. Research participants in both the USA and UK suffered from severely reduced well-being because of this common experience.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:employees, happiness, well-being, corporate psychopaths, psychopathy
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Strategy, management and organisational behaviour
Research Field:Corporate governance
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:Management and productivity
Objective Field:Industrial relations
UTAS Author:Boddy, CR (Professor Clive Boddy)
ID Code:141325
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:TSBE
Deposited On:2020-10-14
Last Modified:2021-05-06

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