The lived experience of toxic leadership in Irish higher education

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dc.contributor.authorFahie, Declan- Emeralden_US
dc.identifier.citationInternational Journal of Workplace Health Managementen_US
dc.description.abstractPurpose The purpose of this paper is to reveal the lived experience of toxic leadership for a cohort of 11 individuals who work, or have worked, in the field of higher education in Ireland. Drawing on national and international literature, as well as the testimonies of a cohort of academic and administrative staff, the study considers the impact of this negative management style on these individuals as well as upon the organisation itself. Design/methodology/approach A total of 11 self-selected individuals (four males and seven females) were interviewed for this pilot study. Data from the semi-structured interviews were organised thematically and analysed with the support of the computer software package MAXQDA®. Findings The results show that the experience of toxic leadership was profound for the interviewees across a number of contexts. They reported adverse physical and psychological impacts as well as detailing the repercussions for their respective career trajectories as they endeavoured to safely navigate their often-hostile work environment. Human resources departments within their respective institutions were the focus of considerable criticism by the interviewees who highlighted, what they saw as, the inherent contradiction/tension between the perceived roles and responsibilities of such departments in addressing or resolving interpersonal work-related disputes. Originality/value The findings expand on the extant scholarly literature on toxic leadership in higher education and, for the first time, offer a revealing insight on this phenomenon within the Irish context.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipUniversity College Dublinen_US
dc.rightsThis article is © Emerald Group Publishing and permission has been granted for this version to appear here Emerald does not grant permission for this article to be further copied/distributed or hosted elsewhere without the express permission from Emerald Group Publishing Limited.en_US
dc.subjectHigher educationen_US
dc.subjectHuman resourcesen_US
dc.subjectWorkplace bullyingen_US
dc.subjectToxic leadershipen_US
dc.titleThe lived experience of toxic leadership in Irish higher educationen_US
dc.title.alternativeToxic Leadership in Irish Higher Educationen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
dc.statusPeer revieweden_US
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