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A method for measuring destructive leadership and identifying types of destructive leaders in organizations
The leadership quarterly
  • James B. Shaw, Bond University
  • Anthony Erickson, Bond University
  • Michael Harvey, Bond University
Date of this Version
5-25-2011
Document Type
Journal Article
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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

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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.

Citation Information
James B. Shaw, Anthony Erickson and Michael Harvey. "A method for measuring destructive leadership and identifying types of destructive leaders in organizations" The leadership quarterly Vol. 22 Iss. 4 (2011) p. 575 - 590 ISSN: 1048-9843
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/anthony_erickson/4/