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Employee Well-Being Under Corporate Psychopath Leaders

Boddy, CR ORCID: 0000-0003-3266-4066, Malovany, E, Kunter, A and Gull, G 2021 , 'Employee Well-Being Under Corporate Psychopath Leaders', in S Dhiman (ed.), The Palgrave Handbook of Workplace Well-Being , Palgrave Macmillan, Switzerland, pp. 1-28.

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This chapter reports on twenty-one in-depth interviews in the UK and USA with corporateemployees who were currently working or had previously worked with a toxic leader in theform of a corporate psychopath. This is thus a chapter that is concerned with the impact onwell-being of working with a corporate psychopath. Corporate psychopathy was definedusing a measure of psychopathy involving proto-typical characteristics such as lying,cheating, egocentricity, emotional unresponsiveness and grandiosity. A contribution of thechapter is that it answers the call for research which links the destructive leadership literaturewith employee well-being. Research participants in both countries reported that their wellbeing was affected by psychopathic leadership, with reports of stress-related illnesses anddepression, including suicidal thoughts. The chapter concludes that corporate psychopaths, inboth the UK and USA, appear to have a similar protocol for achieving their objectives andachieve similar results. This protocol involves using loud, regular, public bullying combinedwith threats of violence to create a fearful, cowed and compliant workforce who can the moreeasily be manipulated and controlled by the abusive corporate psychopath. Researchparticipants in both the USA and UK suffered from severely reduced well-being because ofthis common experience.

Item Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:Boddy, CR and Malovany, E and Kunter, A and Gull, G
Keywords: employees, happiness, well-being, corporate psychopaths, psychopathy
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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