Destructive Leadership from a Cross-Cultural Perspective: Is There a Convergence or Divergence

Tayfur Ekmekci Ö., Güney S.

in: Destructive Leadership and Management Hypocrisy, Selin Metin Camgöz,Özge Tayfur Ekmekci, Editor, Emerald Ink Publishing, Bradford, pp.225-237, 2021

  • Publication Type: Book Chapter / Chapter Vocational Book
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Publisher: Emerald Ink Publishing
  • City: Bradford
  • Page Numbers: pp.225-237
  • Editors: Selin Metin Camgöz,Özge Tayfur Ekmekci, Editor
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Much of the cross-cultural research addresses the ongoing debate regarding the convergence or divergence of leadership theories and models in countries having different cultures and socio-economic conditions. This chapter aims to integrate destructive leadership and culture by pointing out the plausible cultural norms and values inducing or preventing destructive leadership. The chapterfi rstly provides brief defi nitions of culture and destructive leadership along with the cultural dimensions used to categorize the societies. Additionally, the chapter reviews the researchfi ndings pertaining to the perception of destructive leadership in different cultures and societies. While acknowledging the existence of universals regarding negative/dark leadership behaviours, the divergence regarding the understanding and enactment of the leadership is also stressed out.

Keywords : National culture; universal leadership; destructive leadership; cross-cultural perspective; divergence of leadership; convergence of leadership