Measuring bad leadership in organisations

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Shaw, J. B., & Ericson, A. (2009). Measuring bad leadership in organisations. Paper presented at the 10th International human resource management conference: Celebrate the tapestry: Diversity in the modern global organization, Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States.

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2009 HERDC submission. FoR code: 1503

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This study describes the development of a measure of the nature of bad leadership in organisations. We then use scales developed from that measure in cluster analysis to empirically derive a taxonomy of bad leaders. Data were obtained through a web-based survey that generated 717 respondents. Based on follower perceptions, the results identified seven types of bad leaders based on behaviour-focused scales and seven types of bad leaders identified were not "all bad" but rather perceived as extreme on just one or two characteristics.

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