Publication Date

Fall 12-11-2017

Document Type

Capstone project: Campus access only

Degree Name

MA Leadership Studies

Department

Leadership Studies

Abstract

In March 2017, President Geun-hye Park stepped down from the presidency by the impeachment decision of the Korean Constitutional Court. Throughout the impeachment process against her, she demonstrated undesirable behaviors related to toxic leadership. President Park distorted the truth and engaged in illegal and unethical acts. She also promoted conflict among Korean people for her status as president. Through her actions during impeachment process, she showed lack of integrity, insatiable ambition for political power, enormous ego, arrogance, amorality and incompetence which were qualities of toxic leader. On the basis of four levels of attention, her personal special environment, internal competition in government, strict hierarchy and power concentration in bureaucracy, imperial presidency system, and tradition of Confucian culture and military culture seemed to have a great influence on toxic leadership acting in combination during her reign. Among them, strict hierarchy and power concentration in bureaucracy, imperial presidency system, and tradition of Confucian culture and military culture can be applied to general organizations in Korean society and they play an important role in generating toxic leadership in Korean Society in the prospective of path dependence. Therefore, in order to prevent toxic leadership and protect followers from toxic leadership, intelligent disobedience, mindfulness training, power distribution need to be implemented in the organization, legal institutional supplement are needed and these suggestions should be based on the philosophy of servant leadership.

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