In the News: A Professor Deconstructs Our Attraction To Tyrannical Leaders

January 18, 2023 | Hamilton, ON
Contributed by Mark Travers, Forbes

A new study published in the Journal of Business Ethics explains why we like our leaders to be rough and ruthless. This instinct, according to lead author Agata Mirowska, is informed by cultural, religious, societal, and familial factors.

The study, undertaken by Mirowska with Raymond Chiu and Rick Hackett, identified seven adjectives that describe tyrannical leaders. They are:

  1. Domineering
  2. Pushy
  3. Dominant
  4. Manipulative
  5. Conceited
  6. Selfish
  7. Loud

Read the full article in Forbes.

Rick D. Hackett

Rick Hackett

Human Resources and Management

Dr. Rick Hackett is a Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Organizational Behaviour and Human Performance, and Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association. He specializes in executive/managerial assessment, leadership, HR recruitment, testing, selection, work attitudes, absenteeism and performance assessment.

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