Bad boss? You may be making things better – or worse!

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Bad leaders are not solely to blame for bad outcomes — their followers can make it worse. On the flipside, followers and leaders can buffer undesirable effects on organizational functioning.


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  • TitleBad boss? You may be making things better – or worse!
    Media name/outletFrontiers Science News
    Media typeWeb
    DescriptionDisagreeable, dishonest and careless bosses can mean bad outcomes for organizations and work groups. However, new research highlights that the employees they work with also play a major role in this. Employee anxiety, self-esteem and how leadership behavior is perceived can all affect the leader’s influence on outcomes — and both followers and leaders can buffer against the effects of certain undesirable traits. Published in Frontiers in Psychology as a special article collection on the ‘dark side’ of leadership, the research can help organizations identify potentially problematic leaders or followers to reduce their negative effects.
    Producer/AuthorTania Fitzgeorge-Balfour
    PersonsBarbara Wisse