8The Dark Triad and Leadership

Leadership is an important area of management research because leaders are known to be able to change organizations according to their own personalities and preferences. This includes changing the moral fabric of the organization by setting an example and exerting influence (Boddy, 2011). Leaders have the power and authority to change an organization in ways that may be either beneficial or detrimental to its long-term success. Leaders influence the tone of an organization and have to be honest, act with integrity, and be trustworthy in order to succeed in their capacity. Concern regarding the unethical and criminal behavior of business leaders has increased in recent years, energizing interest in this dark side ...

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