An Analysis of Homicidal Leadership: Causes, Symptoms and Prevention

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Homicidal Leadership (HL) is a conscious overt or covert effort by a leader aimed at frustrating a targeted employee, which eventually leads to that employee quitting, resigning, being terminated or forced out of the position. Homicidal leadership generally occurs when an employee’s attitudes and dispositions are incongruent with the leader’s. Or, the targeted employee may lack skills or may be unable to perform at optimal efficiency. To a lesser extent, HL may be based on hearsay. Homicidal leadership occurs in both the private and public sectors. HL is often practiced by a leader who does not have the backbone to terminate an employee, or in the case of educational institutions, who feels that his or her hands are tied because the employee is tenured and it is difficult to terminate a tenured employee even when there is just cause.


Keywords: Homicidal Leadership, Separation, Forced Resignation
Stream: Educational Leadership and Management
Presentation Type: 60 minute Workshop Presentation in English
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Dr. Henry J. Findlay

Professor & Acting Director, Continuing Education Program, Tuskegee University
Tuskegee, Alabama, USA

Dr. Henry J. Findlay is currently professor and acting director of the Continuing Education Program at Tuskegee University, where he is responsible for the leadership in developing and implementing programs that support the mission of continuing education at Tuskegee University. Over the past 27 years, he has been involved in designing programs for organizational effectiveness and change. He has facilitated numerous workshops and research projects at the local, state, national, and international levels, including counties in Eastern and Central Europe and East Africa. In addition, he has directed numerous workshops on strategic planning, evaluation, leadership, grant writing, thesis and dissertation writing, evaluation, and team building. He has published widely in professional journals and other publications, including a chapter in a book. He has served on several boards including two national journals. Currently, he is a board member of the HBCU Faculty Development Network, member of the editorial board of the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement and chairman of Leadership Macon County. He has received many awards for teaching, research and community service.

Dr. Hyacinth E. Findlay

Professor of Educational Administration, Instructional Leadership, Alabama State University
Montgomery, Alabama, USA

Dr. Hyacinth E. Findlay is professor and coordinator of the instructional leadership program at Alabama State University. She received the BA in French and sociology from the University of the West Indies, Mona; the Masters and Educational Specialist degrees from Tuskegee University and the doctorate in administration of higher education from Auburn University. Her main areas of research include teachers’ concerns, educational leadership, succession planning, and curriculum development and implementation. She has served as a public school administrator as well as an administrator at the university level. Dr. Findlay has traveled widely on international educational trips including a Fulbright fellowship to Senegal and the Gambia.

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