Academic Leadership: The Online Journal

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The Bullying Boss


Anne Jefferson


Leadership has mistakenly been assumed to be a quality processed by all individuals who have positions of authority. Implied is the ability to “draw others into the active pursuit of the strategic goals” (Cunningham and Cordeiro, 2006, p. 155) of the organization. This ability energizes faculty to take the organization to greater heights of achievement. But, as Elash (2004) clearly pointed out, “the corporate scandals at the turn of the millennium clearly demonstrate that leaders can be self-serving and greedy …. Even if they are well intentioned, leaders can abuse their power. … Some are just bullies who mistreat others simply because they are in a position to do so” (p.2).