The Dark Side of Leadership

An Institutional Perspective

  • Bekir Emre Kurtulmuş

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Bekir Emre Kurtulmuş
    Pages 1-6
  3. The Nature of Dark Leadership

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Bekir Emre Kurtulmuş
      Pages 9-24
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    4. Bekir Emre Kurtulmuş
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  4. Institutions, Leadership and Ethics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 59-59
    2. Bekir Emre Kurtulmuş
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    3. Bekir Emre Kurtulmuş
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  5. Back Matter
    Pages 83-86

About this book


Contrary to the notion that leaders contribute to positive behaviour within organisations, this book reflects growing interest in the ‘dark side’ of leadership: the unethical and immoral personalities that can reside in positions of power. Drawing on empirical and theoretical analysis, the author examines immorality within leadership and the underlying causes behind this behaviour. Focusing on the impact of institutional pressures, this book analyses how such behaviour is influenced by internal and external factors. By employing a theoretical framework, the author seeks to demonstrate that institutions either compel leaders to be ethical and moral, or in contrast, they actually provide legitimacy for immoral actions. An insightful and thought-provoking read, The Dark Side of Leadership will be of interest to those studying leadership, HRM, and business ethics, as well as social psychology scholars.


Organizations Narcissism Manager Leader Ethical leadership personality institutional pressure morality

Authors and affiliations

  • Bekir Emre Kurtulmuş
    • 1
  1. 1.Istanbul Aydin UniversityIstanbulTurkey

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Pivot, Cham
  • eBook Packages Business and Management
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-02037-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-02038-5
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