Exploring the Nature of Flawed Leadership
Stuart A. Allen
Leadership failure is a topic of considerable interest to organizational leaders and those responsible for leadership development. Understanding the behaviors and characteristics associated with failed or failing leadership aids better selection and development processes. This study advances the new concept of flawed leadership, examining the nature of this concept in terms of its constituent dimensions. Through a qualitative questionnaire, data was collected from small samples in the United States of America and South Africa . This qualitative data was used to expose the implicit leadership theories and antiprototypes-in-use of the samples. The data was content analyzed in two stages to uncover 47 themes in flawed leadership. These themes are contrasted with previous studies in areas such as derailment and flawed supervision. In addition, the results are discussed in the context of personality disorders and dysfunctions.
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