Happiness at Work Under the Toxic Leadership of Corporate Psychopaths

Authored by: Clive Boddy

The Routledge Companion to Happiness at Work

Print publication date:  October  2020
Online publication date:  October  2020

Print ISBN: 9780367266554
eBook ISBN: 9780429294426
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This chapter considers the happiness of employees when they work for toxic leaders in the form of corporate psychopaths, who are deemed to be the “darkest” form of toxic leader. The chapter discusses happiness at work and how it is, or may be, influenced by the presence of managers who highly embody the most prototypical traits of the primary psychopath, currently known in management literature as the corporate psychopath. The chapter examines how corporate psychopathy and happiness interact to produce a deeply unhappy workforce whose only happiness may come from engaging in negative acts such as revenge behavior like sabotage or resignation. The chapter then deliberates on how the happiness or “contemptuous delight” of corporate psychopaths themselves can originate from their creating unhappiness in others.

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