2. Misleadership

  1. Al Gini1 and
  2. Ronald M. Green2

Published Online: 25 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118551653.ch2

10 Virtues of Outstanding Leaders: Leadership and Character

10 Virtues of Outstanding Leaders: Leadership and Character

How to Cite

Gini, A. and Green, R. M. (2013) Misleadership, in 10 Virtues of Outstanding Leaders: Leadership and Character, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118551653.ch2

Author Information

  1. 1

    Loyola University Chicago, USA

  2. 2

    Dartmouth College, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 9 APR 2013

Book Series:

  1. Foundations of Business Ethics

Book Series Editors:

  1. W. Michael Hoffman and
  2. Robert E. Frederick

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470672303

Online ISBN: 9781118551653



  • authority;
  • bad followers;
  • ethic;
  • misleadership;
  • power


In politics or business, unethical leadership may prosper for a time, but in the end it destroys the values that sustain the community. The chapter talks about misleadership to make us better understand and develop leadership. Barbara Kellerman, in her book Bad Leadership, makes a strong case for depicting and studying both sides of the leadership equation. For Kellerman, bad leadership falls into two basic categories: bad as in ineffective and bad as in unethical. In Kellerman's accounting, these two basic categories can, in turn, be subdivided into seven groups: incompetent leadership, rigid leadership, intemperate leadership, callous leadership, corrupt leadership, insular leadership, and evil leadership. Sometimes bad leaders are both ineffective and unethical. Misleaders, just like leaders, are dependent upon followers for exercising any power and authority. Both leaders and misleaders achieve power either through the active cooperation or through the benign neglect of their followers.

Controlled Vocabulary Terms

ethics; leadership; power