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Conceptualizing leadership psychosis: the Department of Veteran Affairs scandal

Conceptualizing leadership psychosis: the Department of Veteran Affairs scandal Purpose– This paper argues that “lack of leadership” is not an accurate descriptor for dysfunctional leadership. It proposes that some leaders fall into a type of dysfunctional performance when faced with the high and often conflicting organizational demands characteristic of the interdependent and rapidly evolving challenges of the twenty-first century. It calls this dysfunction “leadership psychosis.” The purpose of this paper is to offer a four-stage conceptual definition of leadership psychosis. Design/methodology/approach– Based on a review of the literature central to leadership psychosis, namely, transformational, authentic, and transactional leadership theories, the paper discusses the conceptualization of leadership psychosis as it progresses through four increasingly dysfunctional stages. Findings– It identified four increasingly dysfunctional stages of leadership psychosis grounded on the literature review central to transformational, authentic, and transactional leadership theories. Research limitations/implications– Transformational and authentic leadership theories are a nuanced development of the discarded trait theories of leadership. So it is fair to argue that leadership psychosis falls into the same criticism given that psychopathic leaders’ behavior can be seen as rooted in some personality trait. Measuring psychopathic leaders’ behavior will be an impressive challenge. Practical implications– It suggests replacing “lack of leadership” with a better descriptor of organizational dysfunction: leadership psychosis. Social implications– It calls attention to the rise of the organizational psychopath to leadership positions in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. Originality/value– Leadership psychosis is introduced as a new construct to explain dysfunctional leadership. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Public Leadership Emerald Publishing

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
2056-4929
DOI
10.1108/IJPL-10-2015-0025
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Abstract

Purpose– This paper argues that “lack of leadership” is not an accurate descriptor for dysfunctional leadership. It proposes that some leaders fall into a type of dysfunctional performance when faced with the high and often conflicting organizational demands characteristic of the interdependent and rapidly evolving challenges of the twenty-first century. It calls this dysfunction “leadership psychosis.” The purpose of this paper is to offer a four-stage conceptual definition of leadership psychosis. Design/methodology/approach– Based on a review of the literature central to leadership psychosis, namely, transformational, authentic, and transactional leadership theories, the paper discusses the conceptualization of leadership psychosis as it progresses through four increasingly dysfunctional stages. Findings– It identified four increasingly dysfunctional stages of leadership psychosis grounded on the literature review central to transformational, authentic, and transactional leadership theories. Research limitations/implications– Transformational and authentic leadership theories are a nuanced development of the discarded trait theories of leadership. So it is fair to argue that leadership psychosis falls into the same criticism given that psychopathic leaders’ behavior can be seen as rooted in some personality trait. Measuring psychopathic leaders’ behavior will be an impressive challenge. Practical implications– It suggests replacing “lack of leadership” with a better descriptor of organizational dysfunction: leadership psychosis. Social implications– It calls attention to the rise of the organizational psychopath to leadership positions in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. Originality/value– Leadership psychosis is introduced as a new construct to explain dysfunctional leadership.

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International Journal of Public LeadershipEmerald Publishing

Published: Feb 8, 2016

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