Measuring bad leadership in organisations

James Benjamin Shaw, Anthony Erickson

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This study describes the development of a measure of the nature of bad leadership in organisations. We then use scales developed from that measure in cluster analysis to empirically derive a taxonomy of bad leaders. Data were obtained through a web-based survey that generated 717 respondents. Based on follower perceptions, the results identified seven types of bad leaders based on behaviour-focused scales and seven types of bad leaders identified were not "all bad" but rather perceived as extreme on just one or two characteristics.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 10th International human resource management conference
Subtitle of host publicationCelebrate the tapestry: Diversity in the modern global organization
EditorsW Scroggins, C Gomez, P G Benson, R L Oliver
Place of PublicationNew Mexico
PublisherNMSU College of Business
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventInternational Human Resource Conference: Celebrate the tapestry: diversity in the modern global organization - Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States
Duration: 21 Jun 200924 Jun 2009
Conference number: 10th


ConferenceInternational Human Resource Conference
Abbreviated titleIHRC
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySanta Fe, New Mexico


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