Leadership Resources

Leadership Resources from the Carlson Executive MBA Program

The Causes and Consequences of Bad Leadership

This literary review focuses on negative forms of leadership, that is, destructive leadership in its different forms, rather than re-emphasizing the still more common focus on positive leadership (Schilling, 2009). Here, the quest is not to find the holy grail of what makes a leader successful and how this contributes to organizational success but rather the opposite: to prevent the damage bad leadership and destructive leaders can do to followers and organizations. The articles in this issue highlight that destructive forms of leadership emerge in an interaction between situations, leaders, and followers.