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ERIC Number: EJ1135581
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2161-7252
Subtractive Leadership
Larwin, K. H.; Thomas, Eugene M.; Larwin, David A.
Journal of International Education and Leadership, v5 n2 Fall 2015
This paper introduces a new term and concept to the leadership discourse: Subtractive Leadership. As an extension of the distributive leadership model, the notion of subtractive leadership refers to a leadership style that detracts from organizational culture and productivity. Subtractive leadership fails to embrace and balance the characteristics of the distributive leadership styles by instead encouraging collusion, self-interest, and self-promotion. In doing so, subtractive leadership fuels a lack of organizational vision, feeds distrust amongst constituencies, and undermines the commitment of organizational stakeholders. With this introduction of a model of subtractive leadership, practitioners will now be able to clearly understand and identify the characteristics and behaviors associated with subtractive leadership that in effect negate additive and concertive leadership. It seems very likely, that at one point or another, everyone has experienced these deleterious effects of subtractive leadership in their work arena.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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