Conformer or colluder? The human resource professional’s contribution to toxic leadership

SA Journal of Human Resource Management

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Title Conformer or colluder? The human resource professional’s contribution to toxic leadership
Creator Page, Tatiana Mgwenya, John J.
Subject — toxic leadership; human resource professional; paradox; ethics; human resource practices
Description Orientation: There is a growing body of knowledge on the role of human resource (HR) professionals in workplace bullying, but their role in perpetuating a toxic leadership culture in organisations remains unscrutinised. Human resource professionals are uniquely positioned to influence toxic leadership styles as they are required to cultivate and sustain the organisational leadership culture.Research purpose: The aim of this study was to identify gaps in HR practices that could contribute to toxic leadership in organisations.Motivation of the study: The inherent role conflict of the HR professional and competing demands from organisational stakeholders are likely to create toxic outcomes.Research approach/design and method: A phenomenological study was carried out at a South African organisation to gain insight into the practices of HR professionals. Data were collected using semi-structured interviews and the key findings of the study were identified through a thematic analysis.Main findings: Three themes emerged that contribute to creating gaps in HR practices that support toxic leadership: toxic HR practices, challenges faced by HR professionals and business results at any cost.Practical/managerial implications: The findings suggest a need to alleviate the inherent role conflict experienced by HR professionals, so that their contributions to toxic leadership are minimised.Contribution/value-add: This study contributes to the literature on toxic leadership by expounding on the role of the human resources professionals (HRP) and gaps in their practices that contribute to toxic leadership. Suggested guidelines and recommendations are offered to address the gaps in HR practices.
Publisher AOSIS
Date 2023-03-28
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Semi-structured Interviews
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/sajhrm.v21i0.2123
Source SA Journal of Human Resource Management; Vol 21 (2023); 10 pages 2071-078X 1683-7584
Language eng
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Coverage South Africa — —
Rights Copyright (c) 2023 Tatiana Page, John J. Mgwenya