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Understanding and Coping with the Dysfunctional Leader

  • November 18, 2014
  • 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
  • U of L's University Club


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November Chapter Meeting

Presentation Summary:

For many, the workplace jerk is ever-present. No more clearly can this be felt than when that workplace jerk is your boss.  Referred to as a dysfunctional leader in the research literature, statistics regarding the prevalence, impact, and consequence of working for a leader who exhibits dysfunctional behaviors are staggering.


Alarmingly, research has suggested that upwards of 13 – 36% of US workers endure a leader who consistently places burdensome structures in the path of progress, intentionally or unintentionally violates psychological contracts, and generally treats their employees with a disrespectful approach.  Such dysfunctional behavior is thought to cost the United States economy roughly $24 billion annually in lost revenue, production, and innovation in industries as diverse as banking, manufacturing, construction, education, and hospitality. No industry is immune to the impacts of such dysfunctional leader behavior.  


This session will focus on the behaviors that dysfunctional leaders exhibit, the coping mechanisms of subordinates, and tools organizations can utilize to mitigate dysfunctional leadership.

Presenter Bios:

Speaker: Kevin Rose, Ed.D.

Dr. Rose is a scholar-practitioner in residence and program co-director of the Organizational Leadership and Learning Program at the University of Louisville. He oversees aspects of the program including the bachelor of science degree in Organizational Leadership and Learning, the master of science degree in Human Resources and Organization Development, and the doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and Organization Development. Dr. Rose teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate programs and is lead faculty for the workplace diversity course and evidence-based research course. Before beginning his faculty role, he worked in various training and development areas including executive education and small business development. He is active in organizations such as the American Society for Training and Development and the Society of Human Resource Management. Dr. Rose maintains active research in the areas of executive education, workplace diversity, and workplace friendship. 

Networking begins at 4:30 and the presentation is from 5:00- 6:00.

Location: U of L's University Club

Non-Profit: Council on Developmental Disabilities

The Council was founded more than 60 years ago by pioneering parents seeking services to meet the unique needs of their children with developmental disabilities. Today, this legacy of advocacy continues to inspire our community.

Kelli Adanick, their development and communication professional will speak of their organization.


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