One of the most complained about behaviours of employees in organizations is the problem of their lack of motivation or demotivation. The current literature on work motivation is mainly focused on organizational factors that lead to motivation (e.g., job autonomy). Unfortunately, other important contributors such as negative personality traits and mental health issues have not gained enough attention as antecedents of demotivation.
Counterproductive Work Behaviours (CWB) refer to negative behaviours in the workplace that hinder organizational effectiveness. CWB ranges from violence and harassment to stealing and drug consumption on the job. Despite its importance and prevalence, little attention has been paid to leader CWB, as the focus has been mainly on employee CWB. Leader CWB, could be largely attributed to negative aspects of individuals’ personality. Therefore, the first objective is to discover what types of personality based CWB are more prevalent in leaders.
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