Leadership in organizations can often be dark and destructive. Utilizing a so-called trait approach is particularly helpful in understanding destructive leaders. Such leaders share common personality traits, notably including narcissism, hubris and Machiavellianism.
When individuals engage in destructive leadership behaviors, this can lead to mistakes within the organization and, ultimately, the leader derails. This dossier describes leadership incompetence and derailment and focuses on the root causes of why leadership fails through an examination of traits and behaviors that describe leadership incompetence and derailment.
Most of the research on leader effectiveness has focused on the positive side of leader behavior. However, there is evidence that toxic leaders can seriously undermine organizational life through creating a climate of intolerance and incivility. This CQ Dossier describes toxic leadership and how this negative form of leadership can disrupt effective performance management.