The Servant Leader's Susceptibility to Upward Bullying

Location: Jepson Room 113
Date: Sat, April 21
Time: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Upward bullying may be defined as the bullying of a supervisor or person in authority by a subordinate.  Research suggests that upward bullying is a widespread phenomenon, although it is likely underreported and often more subtle than peer to peer or leader to subordinate bullying.  Upward bullying tends to be overlooked because it occurs below the radar of overt power dynamics and may be masked by the complexities of interpersonal interactions when an organization experiences rapid change.  Considered within a servant-leadership framework, upward bullying presents particular difficulties and challenges to which the servant leader is vulnerable.  This presentation will discuss the question, "How can a servant leader maintain the ethos of servant-leadership when faced with bully-like behavior from a subordinate?"

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