Psychopathic leadership a case study of a corporate psychopath CEO

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Boddy, C. 2017. Psychopathic leadership a case study of a corporate psychopath CEO. Journal of Business Ethics. 145 (1), pp. 141-156. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10551-015-2908-6
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TitlePsychopathic leadership a case study of a corporate psychopath CEO
AuthorsBoddy, C.
Abstract

This longitudinal case study reports on a charity in the UK which gained a new CEO who was reported by two middle managers who worked in the charity, to embody (respectively) all or most of the ten characteristics within a measure of corporate psychopathy. The leadership of this CEO with a high corporate psychopathy score was reported to be so poor that the organisation was described as being one without leadership and as a lost organisation with no direction. This paper outlines the resultant characteristics of the ensuing aimlessness and lack of drive of the organisation involved. Comparisons are made to a previous CEO in the same organisation, who was reportedly an authentic, effective and transformational leader. Outcomes under the CEO with a high corporate psychopathy score were related to bullying, staff withdrawal and turnover as effective employees stayed away from and/or left the organisation. Outcomes also included a marked organisational decline in terms of revenue, employee commitment, creativity and organisational innovativeness. The paper makes a contribution to both leadership and to corporate psychopathy research as it appears to be the first reported study of a CEO with a high corporate psychopathy score.

LanguageEnglish
PublisherSpringer
JournalJournal of Business Ethics
ISSN0167-4544
Electronic1573-0697
Publication dates
Online19 Oct 2015
Print01 Sep 2017
Publication process dates
Deposited28 Oct 2015
Accepted12 Oct 2015
Output statusPublished
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Copyright: The Author(s) 2015. This article is published with open access at Springerlink.com
Open Access This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made.

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/s10551-015-2908-6
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