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Narcissistic and service-oriented leadership : contrasting perspectives

Australian Council of Education Leaders
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  • 130304 Educational Administration Management And Leadership
  • Narcissistic Leadership
  • Service-Oriented Leadership
  • Servant Leadership
  • Power
  • Education


Leadership writing has tended to present a positive picture about leadership practice yet, in recent times, researchers have highlighted the ‘dark side’ of leadership. In this exploratory conceptual paper, we juxtapose two contrasting forms of leadership: narcissistic leadership and service-oriented leadership (that draws heavily upon servant leadership) in order to provide a better understanding of both of these forms. In particular, we explore four core constructs of leadership: service, power, role of followers, and morality, to provide a constrast. Given that little empirical works exists on narcissistic and servant leadership in educational contexts, the paper concludes by arguing for further research in the field.

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