Results of 2012 Survey on Abrasive Leadership in Canada are in.

In the October 22nd issue of the Canadian HR Reporter magazine, Sharone Bar-David provided an analysis of the results of the Abrasive Leaders Survey that she devised in conjunction with the magazine. Two hundred and fifty-six Human Resources Professionals from across Canada participated in the survey.

Highlights from the survey include:

  • The male-female ratio of abrasive leaders was 60-40, respectively.
  • 61% of respondents indicated that the abrasive leader’s talent and the perception that he or she is irreplaceable is a major barrier to eliminating the behaviour.
  • Abrasive leaders rarely made sexist, racist or offensive comments. Two-thirds of respondents noted these behaviours occurred “never” or “rarely”.
  • 75% of respondents said that abrasive leaders “often” or “very often/always” demonstrate respect with higher-ups, but are abrasive with employees.

The survey uncovered that a blind eye, other priorities, lack of skills and courage, and fear of costs allow abrasive leaders to prevail in workplaces across Canada.

The matter of abrasive leadership is complex. In many ways, organizations create or enable the problem. Often they do not offer the right help to the individual whose abrasive behaviour triggers both distress and high costs.

Click here for our analysis of the survey.

For a comprehensive report that includes the full responses to the survey’s close-ended questions, click here.

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