Date of Graduation
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
School of Nursing and Health Professions
Executive Leader DNP
Mary Lynne Knighten
An estimated 35% of American workers have experienced bullying, and in 80% of those situations, the perpetrator was a supervisor or boss. 1 However, the reality is that bullying can come from anyone in the workplace, including subordinates. Victims are generally well liked and good performers, making them feel like threats to a bully’s power base. Bullying, unlike harassment, is not a legally defined behavior, so no laws currently exist to punish it. Victims are, therefore, at the mercy of their bosses, supervisors, co-workers, and human resource departments for protection or relief. Bullying is not a singular event, but rather a pattern of malicious behavior intended to harm. 2 The term “corporate psychopath” is used to identify bullying CEOs and their psychopathic behavior. 3 It is vital for healthcare leaders to acquire the knowledge and skillset to build high-performing teams and positively influence others. Bullying is a learned behavior; therefore, implementing strategies to manage unwanted or toxic behavior may enable the nurse leader to be successful in dealing with a bully2 . Suggested techniques for survival offer guidance for a nurse leader who may be the unfortunate victim of a corporate bully.
Colonnelli, Kimberly Ann, "Bullying in the C-Suite: A Nurse Leader Perspective" (2021). Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Projects. 246.