In recent years, the popular media has seen a host of scandals related to poor leadership in higher education. Penn State University, the University of Michigan, Winthrop University, Northern Illinois University, and Edinburgh College are just a few postsecondary institutions that experienced what many would call destructive leadership, ultimately leading to leader turnover at the highest levels of the organization. But just how common is destructive leadership in U.S. higher education? This study sought to answer that question and others through descriptive, quantitative research using a modified version of the Destructive Leadership Questionnaire. Participants from a variety of sectors in higher education indicated destructive leadership is not as common as one might think; however, several components of the study highlighted areas for future research.
International Journal of Leadership in Education
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Klaus, K. & Steele, S. L. (2022). An exploratory and descriptive study of destructive leadership in U.S. higher education. International Journal of Leadership in Education, 25(5), 704-724. https://doi.org/10.1080/13603124.2020.1795272