Toxic Leadership Study: Invitation to Participate in Research 1

We are currently seeking to interview participants for a research project that is designed to learn more about toxic leadership in the U.S. Army. Specifically, we plan to explore the differences between toxic military leaders and those individuals who are simply tough and demanding bosses. We also hope to learn more about the individual, situational, and systemic factors which create the conditions that allow toxic leadership to occur.

We are seeking to talk with individuals who meet the following criteria:

(1)  Currently an active service member of the U.S. Army at the rank of Sergeant First Class and above;


(2)  Honorably discharged or retired from service at the level of Sergeant First Class or above within the past five (5) years.

Our intent is to conduct in-depth, semi-structured interviews in person or by electronic medium (e.g. telephone, Skype, or GoToMeeting). Each interview will be recorded and is expected to last roughly 45-60 minutes.

This research study has been reviewed and approved by the Sullivan University Institutional Review Board (IRB) and the study has been funded by the university through a faculty research grant.

If you meet the stated eligibility criteria and would like to participate in the study, please contact me via email at Feel free to share this information about the research with any other military personnel who might also have an interest.

About the Author:

Teresa A. Daniel, JD, Ph.D., serves as the dean of and a professor in the Human Resource Leadership (HRL) programs at Sullivan University. She also holds the position of chair for the HRL concentration in the university’s Ph.D. in Management program. Her growing body of research on the problem of workplace bullying has been actively supported by the national Society for Human Resource Management (referred to in the profession as SHRM) through the publication of numerous articles and interviews about her work. She is the author of three management-related books for practitioners, including her most recent Stop Bullying at Work: Strategies and Tools for HR & Legal Professionals, which was SHRM’s #7 top-selling book in 2010 and #9 in 2012.

As an active scholar-practitioner, two of her recent projects have been accepted for publication this year. Sponsored by Sullivan University through a faculty research grant, her study “Is a C+ Good Enough?: Executive Perceptions about the Effectiveness of Human Resources” was published in the summer 2013 edition of the Employment Relations Today journal. Her article titled “A Dangerous Crossroad: Executive Success and the Increased Potential for Ethical Failure” was distributed to SHRM’s 250,000 members in its recent summer 2013 Legal Update.

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