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The bright triad of mindful leadership: an alternative to the Dark Triad of leadership.
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Psychology, Pedagogy and Sociology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5091-2492
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Psychology, Pedagogy and Sociology.
2022 (English)In: Psychology of Leaders and Leadership, ISSN 2769-6863Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article, we draw on Buddhist psychology to consider the three attributesof high-quality social connections in the context of work, which are ethicalmindedness, loving kindness, and compassion, referred to here as the brighttriad of mindful leadership (BTML). These components constitute the positivecounterparts of the dark triad components of mindless leadership (i.e.,Machiavellianism, narcissism, psychopathy). The research on the dark triadof leadership appears to “glorify” these qualities, through suggesting thathigh-scoring leaders are more successful in achieving business goals. Weargue that this represents a too limited perspective and is one which poorlyresonates with the increased focus on sustainable work and work conditionsmarked by well-being, fairness, security, and trust. BTML, however, taps intothe call of the positive organizational scholarship field to focus on positive andvirtuous practices, and to foster high-quality relationships and positive outcomes in the workplace. We, in conceptualizing BTML, furthermore use theconcepts of cultivation, attention, and awareness to facilitate the leader’spresence in the moment, and we argue that these cumulatively are necessaryconditions for the triad of ethical mindedness, loving kindness, and compassionto permeate all activities that leaders engage in.

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mindfulness, leadership, positive organizational scholarship, Buddhism, dark triad
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Religious Studies Work Sciences Applied Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-19403DOI: 10.1037/mgr0000138ISI: 000984586000004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-19403DiVA, id: diva2:1714892
Available from: 2022-11-30 Created: 2022-11-30 Last updated: 2024-04-11Bibliographically approved

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