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Toxic Leadership
This paper discusses the harm Al "Chainsaw" Dunlap caused as leader of the Sunbeam-Oster company.
# 98171 | 1,177 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2007 | US
Published on Sep 10, 2007 in Business (Companies) , Business (Management)

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The paper explores an extreme case of "toxic leadership", i.e., leadership that takes the corporation down the road to destruction. The paper discusses how Al "Chainsaw" Dunlap caused Sunbeam-Oster to declare bankruptcy. The paper shows how he placed corporate profits above and beyond anything else and his style of leadership went against common principles of good leadership qualities.

A Case of Dysfunction
Was it Nature or Nurture?
The Final Analysis

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Byrne, J. (1998). How Al Dunlap Self-Destructed: The Inside Story Of What Drove Sunbeam's Board To Act. Businessweek. Retrieved March 15, 2007 from
  • Connor, T. (2005). ANTISOCIAL PERSONALITY, SOCIOPATHY, AND PSYCHOPATHY. Retrieved March 25, 2007 from
  • Curry, B. (2002). The Influence of the Leader Persona on Organizational Identity. Journal of Leadership Studies. 8 (4): 33. Questia Media.
  • Lipman - Blumen, J. (2005). The The Allure of Toxic Leaders: EBF. The Ernest Becker Foundation. Retrieved March 25, 2007 from

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