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  
Publisher Information: Bamberg : Otto-Friedrich-Universität
Year of publication: 2022
Pages: 300-310
Source/Other editions: Zeitschrift für Psychologie, 230 (2022), 4, S. 300-310 - ISSN: 2151-2604
is version of: 10.1027/2151-2604/a000503
Year of first publication: 2022
Language(s): English
Licence: Creative Commons - CC BY - Attribution 4.0 International 
URN: urn:nbn:de:bvb:473-irb-562118
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   
Type: Article
Release Date: 10. November 2022
Project: Open-Access-Publikationskosten 2022 - 2024

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