Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A Phenomenological Exploration of Sexual Addiction's Influence on the Leader and the Organization
by Lemmon, Joseph S., Ph.D., The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2018, 226; 10974875
Abstract (Summary)

Effective leadership is an integral component to ensure organizational excellence. Scholarly inquiry related to substance use, abuse, and addiction’s impact on the organization has been abundant while investigation of the effects of substance or behavioral addictions on leadership capacity was scant. Addiction, of any kind, leads to biological, psychological, and social dysfunction, incurring harm to addict, their families, followers, and the workplace. Within the context of the organization, as sexual addiction is often considered a taboo and undiscussable topic, inquiry regarding this topic was minimal. The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore the influence of sexual addiction on the leadership capacity of 7 leaders while in active addiction and in recovery. A related question considered how their organizations may have been affected by leader behaviors in both active and recovering states. Findings included active addiction having manifested in harmful and destructive leader behaviors to followers and the organization. Regarding recovery, these leaders’ personal experiences included: increased self-awareness and self-regulation, transparency, ongoing commitment to 12-step recovery program activities, and psychological growth. Benefit accrued to their organizations included: increased team collaboration, positive social exchanges, follower development, and enhanced organizational outcomes.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Roman, Renee
Commitee: Brewster, Frederick B., Giannandrea, Paul
School: The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Department: Organizational Leadership
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: DAI-B 80/06(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Management, Psychology, Organizational behavior
Keywords: Addiction, Harassment, Organization, Prevention, Risk
Publication Number: 10974875
ISBN: 978-0-438-80459-3
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