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Unpublished Paper
Creating a Survey for Analyzing a Culture of Narcissistic, Toxic, and Power Behaviors in an Organization
Fischler College of Education: Faculty Articles
  • David B. Ross, Nova Southeastern University
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The purpose for creating this survey was to understand employees’ experiences of coping with their organizational administrators/leaders who have characteristics regarding narcissism and elements of power, and who create a toxic culture. After much research and reflection, it prompted me to further my thoughts regarding a development of an instrument to measure these factors of a person who maintains an administrative/leadership position. Additionally, this survey seeks to understand the challenges, successes, and advice from employees who have been prone to a power hungry, narcissistic, and toxic leadership culture, as well as the mystery behind these behaviors. This survey will hopefully provide others (e.g., employees, administrators, researchers) useful information for those who have been subject to power controlled, narcissistic, and toxic environments. Hopefully, the purpose of this survey will give organizational personnel an optimistic point of view to become better informed how to identify and deal with certain behaviors and characteristics of controlling, narcissistic, and toxic leaders. Campbell, Hoffman, Campbell, and Marchisio (2011) stated there is limited empirical research on how narcissistic characteristics of a leader have an impact on organizational issues. Leadership is an actual utilization of power used by leaders in an organization to influence or control behaviors of the employees (Daft, 2014). Dobbs (2014) commented that “toxic leadership is a multidimensional construct that includes elements of abusive supervision along with narcissism, authoritarianism, self-promotion, and unpredictability” (p. 15).

Unpublished working paper

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David B. Ross. "Creating a Survey for Analyzing a Culture of Narcissistic, Toxic, and Power Behaviors in an Organization" (2016)
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