A Research Study On Toxic Leadership

1519 WordsMay 25, 20177 Pages
Significance of the Study This dissertation study is an opportunity to explore toxic leadership in nonprofits in Orange County. Also, to examine the impact of toxic leader’s practices on OCB and turnover intention as two variables that can harm nonprofit organizations significantly. Moreover, to determine the influence of employee engagement on their organizational citizenship and turnover intention because of the toxic leadership behaviors. The gap in the literature about toxic leadership in nonprofits has inspired me to study this issue as indicators of the ability of leaders to build an innovative and well-functioning organization. The results of this study may become valuable to those seeking organizational development, and development…show more content…
6. What strategies can an individual, team or organization employ to counter the effects of toxic leadership? Conceptual Framework Toxic leadership includes managerial incompetence, threatening, controlling and unlawful behaviors, and physical and non-physical abuse that are intentionally hostile or detrimental to both individuals and groups (Ashforth, 1994; Kellerman, 2004; Reed, 2004; Lipman-Blumen, 2005a). Whereas, intentionality play a central role in how the leader can be classified as intentionally toxic or unintentionally toxic leader. Leaders who are considered intentionally toxic deliberately harm others to strengthen themselves at the expense of others (Lipman-Blumen, 2005a). While unintentionally toxic leaders act recklessly, including being incompetent, which can have significant negative effects on followers. The study of Pelletier (2010) reveals eight dimensions of leader toxicity that involves leaders breaking down the self-esteem of followers, threatening employees, lack of integrity, intimidating employees physically and mentally, and being dishonest. In addition, leaders are considered toxic when they promote a culture of division and fail to listen or act on employee concerns. It is important to distinguish between bad leaders and toxic leaders where the influence of the leaders on followers will determine this fact. As toxic leaders, will have a long-term psychological and physical effects on their followers (Pelletier, 2010).
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