Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Business Administration


College of Business and Public Administration

First Advisor

Pelletier, Kathie

Second Advisor

Drost, Donald

Third Advisor

Coates, Breena, and Stull, Michael


The purpose of this study is to add to the existing body of research on harmful leadership with a specific focus on the construct of toxic leadership. If toxic leader behavior is indeed sex-typed as masculine, as is leader behavior in general, there is a potential that women may also be devalued more harshly than men when behaving in a toxic manner. Although the behaviors and characteristics of toxic leaders are not desirable for either sex, if they are more attributable to one sex over the other, there is a potential that the other sex may be treated differently for exhibiting the same behavior.