The dimensionality and measurement of destructive instructor-leadership

  • Paul T. Balwant, Kamal Birdi, Ute Stephan
  • International Journal of Leadership in Education, January 2019, Taylor & Francis
  • DOI: 10.1080/13603124.2018.1543803

Measuring destructive leadership in higher education teaching

What is it about?

Destructive leadership has been investigated primarily in a corporate context, but such behaviors may also exist in instructor–student relationships, i.e. destructive instructor-leadership. In the present paper, we investigate the dimensionality of destructive instructor-leadership and how the potentially multidimensional concept can be measured.

Why is it important?

While our study shows that destructive instructor-leadership may be rare, it still exists. Unfortunately, destructive instructor-leader behaviors can go unnoticed by instructors themselves and are hardly mentioned in higher education. Our 13-item measure can be used to (1) identify destructive instructor-leadership behaviors and (2) develop training methods.

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