When I was a teacher, there was a rapid challenge by many colleagues of a child who used racist terms towards another child, but the use of homophobic, or ageist or sizeist or other stereotyping terms went unchallenged, and I’m sure that was true of me as well.
When we all understand and acknowledge what prejudice and discrimination are in all their forms, then perhaps we can identify those who haven’t quite reached that level of understanding, single them out and challenge them.
Three categories of such destructive leadership are identified in the proposed model: tyrannical, derailed, and supportive–disloyal leadership behaviour.
The model may provide a useful link between the field of leadership and research on bullying, counterproductive behaviour, and aggression at work.
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Bullying is sustained by abdication of responsibility (denial, counter-accusation, pretence of victimhood) and perpetuated by a climate of fear, ignorance, indifference, silence, denial, disbelief, deception, evasion of accountability, tolerance and reward (eg promotion) for the bully."Where now at Bully On Line? Bullying and vulnerability Why have my colleagues deserted me?The model contributes to a more nuanced concept of destructive leadership showing how destructive leadership behaviours also may have constructive elements.Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. This paper proposes a definition and a descriptive model of destructive leadership behaviour.Destructive leadership behaviour is defined as the systematic and repeated behaviour by a leader, supervisor or manager that violates the legitimate interest of the organisation by undermining and/or sabotaging the organisation's goals, tasks, resources, and effectiveness and/or the motivation, well-being or job satisfaction of his/her subordinates.