Title

A method for measuring destructive leadership and identifying types of destructive leaders in organizations

Date of this Version

5-25-2011

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Details

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Shaw, J. B., Erickson, A., & Harvey, M. (2011). A method for measuring destructive leadership and identifying types of destructive leaders in organizations. The leadership quarterly, 22(4), 575-590.

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2011 HERDC submission. FoR code: 150311

© Copyright Elsevier Inc., 2011. All rights reserved.

ISSN

1048-9843

Abstract

This study describes the development of a measure of the nature of destructive leadership in organizations. We then use scales developed from that measure in a cluster analysis to empirically derive a behavior-based taxonomy of destructive leaders. Data were obtained through a web-based survey that generated 707 respondents. Based on follower perceptions, the results identified seven types of destructive leaders using behavior-focused scales. An interesting discovery was that most of the types of destructive leaders identified were not “all destructive” but rather perceived as extreme on just one or two characteristics.

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