Leader corruption depends on power and testosterone
Why are leaders corrupt? This question has teased and taunted researchers over the years; however, there is not much research that has examined this question using experimental designs that give real power to leaders in real-stakes situations. In this animated, fun, but also science-packed podcast, Prof. John Antonakis explains what he and his colleagues–Dr. Samuel Bendahan, Prof. Christian Zehnder, and Prof. François Pralong–found in two experimental studies. Both power (leader choice set and number of followers) and the person (baseline testosterone) caused corruption. The implications of this study are far reaching and should make individuals responsible for organizational governance mechanisms to pause and think about how much power and discretionary choices leaders should have.
a Faculty of Business and Economics, Department of Organizational Behavior, University of Lausanne, 1015, Switzerland
b Laboratory of Behavioral Genetics, Brain Mind Institute, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland
c Service of Endocrinology, Diabetology and Metabolism, University Hospital and Faculty of Biology and Medicine, University of Lausanne, 1015, Switzerland
Link to the article: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.leaqua.20…