Leadership and the rise of the corporate psychopath: What can business schools do about the ‘snakes inside’?

Source: e-Journal of Social & Behavioural Research in Business

Abstract

Purpose: Leadership styles are reviewed and reassessed given recent research that links
destructive leadership behaviours exhibited by unscrupulous executives with traits commonly identified as indicators of corporate psychopathy.

Method/approach: A review of the literature describing the various theories dealing with the nature of leadership styles and the rise of interest in corporate psychopathy and destructive
leadership.

Implications: This paper offers a psychological perspective for future research which provides both impetus and additional support for further analysis and exploration of such leadership styles in the business environment. One distinct advantage of this extrapolation is the articulation of insights into aspects of decision making by leaders, providing further insight into the formulation of leadership development programs in organisations and courses in business schools training future leaders.

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