Betrayal Trauma Theory
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The chapter emanates from the Chancellor’s address that I presented on the fifth of March 2019 at the University of South Africa. Betrayal Trauma Theory (BTT) was used as a lens in understanding toxic leadership in work spaces. BTT focuses on the ways in which toxic behavior of leaders may violate or negatively affect trust and well-being of employees. Toxic leadership can bring negative consequences to employees’ attitudes toward their leaders and organizations’ well-being, and work behaviors. Employees are the less powerful individuals in the leader-employee relationship. They are characterized by a power differential and constrained in what they can do in response to unfavorable treatments they receive from their bosses.
KeywordsToxic leadership Dysfunctional Employee Organization Betrayal trauma theory Trust Workplace
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