The impact of the dark side of leadership on project followers

Robinson, Anna, Hearne, Pam and Lawlor-Wright, Therese ORCID logo ORCID: (2020) The impact of the dark side of leadership on project followers. In: British Academy of Management Conference (BAM 2020), 13th January 2020, Online. (Unpublished)

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The historical approach of researching leadership without considering its negative aspects could mean the concept of leadership itself is not fully understood. This multi-method qualitative study explores challenging behaviour in project leaders, and how followers cope. It identifies what followers perceive to be challenging leader behaviour, explores how this impacts on followers and how they cope. The study identifies challenging project leader behaviours relating to teams, performance, relationships and change. Impacts of the behaviour on the follower are categorised as psychological, work and personal impacts. Coping strategies used by followers include approach/avoidance and problem-focused/emotion-focused categories. This research could support organisations in identifying leaders who display challenging behaviours, enabling them to design interventions to mitigate the impact on followers. It recommends that organisations take responsibility for providing easy access to support mechanisms, and also suggests future studies measuring the effectiveness of coping strategies.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Departments: Institute of Business, Industry and Leadership > Business
Depositing User: Christian Stretton
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2021 12:00
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2024 10:31


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