A Literature Review Of Failing Leaders

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Derailment: A Literature Review of Failing Leaders

Millie Higgins
Denise Lee
Vi Nguyen
MGMT 630 -5131
November 21, 2014
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Hogan and Kaiser (2005) define leadership as “the ability to build and maintain a group that performs well relative to its competition”. Inyang (2004) considers leadership to be a process which “involves the use of non-coercive influence to shape a group’s or organization’s goals, motivate behavior towards the achievement of those goals and help define group or organization culture”. What makes a leader effective has been the subject of many scholarly investigations; the focus is apparently skewed to issues such as leadership effectiveness, identifying the characteristics of successful leaders, leadership theories and developing leaders. Hogan and Kaiser (2005) note that generally, leadership research tended to take a rather one-sided view on leadership, emphasizing its positive and constructive aspects while avoiding its dark side. Very little is written about leadership derailment or leadership failure. Furnham (2010) notes that many decades of leadership study has produced over 50,000 books with ‘leadership’ in their titles but almost none on leadership derailment or failure, which he considers “the elephant in the boardroom”. Thus the dark side of leadership is often ignored in the literature as “a place inhabited by incompetence, flawed character, and unethical behavior” (Slattery, 2009).
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