How to Deal With a Difficult Boss : The Roles of Leaders’ Narcissistic Rivalry and Followers’ Behavior in Abusive Supervision Intentions

Faculty/Professorship: Personality Psychology and Psychological Assessment  ; Work and Organisational Psychology  
Author(s): Fehn, Theresa  ; Schütz, Astrid  
Title of the Journal: Zeitschrift für Psychologie
ISSN: 2151-2604, 2190-8370
Publisher Information: Göttingen : Hogrefe
Year of publication: 2022
Volume: 230
Issue: 4
Pages: 300-310
Language(s): English
DOI: 10.1027/2151-2604/a000503
As abusive supervision entails negative outcomes for individuals and organizations, a better understanding of leader- and follower-related antecedents of abusive supervision can help organizations prevent destructive leadership. In an experimental vignette study with 140 leaders, we tested an integrative model that includes leaders’ narcissism as an antecedent of their abusive supervision intentions. We also tested for the moderating role of followers’ behavior and indirect effects via leaders’ evaluations of followers. We employed the narcissistic admiration and rivalry concept (NARC) to distinguish between adaptive and maladaptive dimensions of grandiose narcissism and found that the maladaptive dimension, narcissistic rivalry, predicted abusive supervision intentions. This effect was strongest when followers behaved dominantly. Finally, we found preliminary evidence that leaders’ evaluations of followers’ likeability, but not of followers’ competence, mediated the relationship between leaders’ narcissistic rivalry and abusive supervision intentions. These indirect effects were not conditional on followers’ behavior. We discuss these findings in light of theoretical and practical implications for individuals and organizations.
GND Keywords: Führungskraft; Narzissmus
Keywords: leadership, narcissism, narcissistic admiration and rivalry concept, abusive supervision intentions, followers’ behavior
DDC Classification: 150 Psychology  
RVK Classification: CW 4600   
Peer Reviewed: Ja
International Distribution: Ja
Type: Article
Release Date: 31. October 2022
Project: Open-Access-Publikationskosten 2022 - 2024