Shift, Suppress, Sever: Systemic Strategies for Dealing with Dark Leadership

Barbara Wisse*, Diana Rus

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Leaders with dark personalities are notorious for their destructive influences at work. Yet, it may not be enough for organizations to solely focus their interventions on leaders exhibiting dark personalities. Instead, we argue that systemic interventions that rely on levers at multiple organizational levels may be more fruitful in tackling destructive leadership. Specifically, we propose that interventions accounting for the individual characteristics of leaders and followers, as well as the organizational contexts in which destructive leadership is allowed to occur, are more likely to be effective and sustainable. By integrating literature from management, psychology, and educational sciences, we propose a framework that could serve as a guideline for organizational interventions and spur future research on how to mitigate destructive leadership processes.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
JournalZeitschrift fur Psychologie - Journal of Psychology
Early online date25-Apr-2022
Publication statusPublished - Oct-2022


  • dark triad
  • destructive leadership
  • confidential advisor
  • HR practices

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