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Destructive Leadership in the Workplace and its Consequences
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Destructive Leadership in the Workplace and its Consequences
Translating theory and research into evidence-based practice

First edition


192 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

With relevance across public, private and not-for-profit sectors, and combining perspectives from both the business and psychology worlds, this book is a cross-disciplinary look at how destructive leaders can impact organisations and their workers, and how best to recognise and deal with them.

This text bridges the gap between the theory and the practical application, by taking the academic research and translating this for students, managers and practitioners in the field into practicable interventions they can use in their everyday practice to recognise and resolve issues raised by destructive leaders.


Using case studies throughout, this guide takes the theory and places it in the real world, helping readers take the theory beyond the page and apply it to their practice. 
 
Section 1: Destructive Leadership and its Impact
 
Chapter 1. Introduction
 
Chapter 2. Destructive leadership as a wicked problem
 
Chapter 3. Antecedents to destructive leadership
 
Chapter 4. The Impact of destructive leadership
 
Chapter 5. Toxic environments: The role of culture
 
Chapter 6. Organisational and employee silence
 
Chapter 7. Consequences of destructive leadership for employees
 
Chapter 8. Follower coping with destructive leadership
 
Section 2: Organisational Interventions to Address Destructive Leadership
 
Chapter 9. Organisational diagnostics and interventions
 
Chapter 10. Practical implications for leadership development programs
 
Chapter 11. Practical implications for follower interventions
 
Chapter 12. Repairing the damage caused by destructive leadership
 
Chapter 13. Destructive Leadership: Future directions for research and practice

Vicki Webster

Dr Webster completed a research PhD on The dark side of leadership and its impact on followers in 2016.  She has considerable practical experience in leadership assessment, design and implementation of leadership development programs, and design and implementation of interventions to protect organisations and employees from the effects of destructive leadership.  Vicki is keen to share evidence-based strategies with as many researchers, managers and practitioners as possible, to give them the tools to mitigate the impact of destructive leadership in organisations. More About Author

Paula Brough

Paula Brough is a Professor of Organisational Psychology in the School of Applied Psychology at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia, and Leader of the Occupational Health Psychology Research Lab. Paula’s primary research and teaching areas are occupational stress and coping, employee mental health and wellbeing, work engagement, work-life balance, workplace conflict (bullying, harassment, toxic leadership), and the psychosocial work environment. Paula assesses how work environments can be improved via job redesign, supportive leadership practices, and enhanced equity to improve employee health, work commitment, and productivity.... More About Author