Date of Graduation

Fall 12-15-2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


School of Nursing and Health Professions




Executive Leader DNP

First Advisor

Mary Lynne Knighten

Second Advisor

Catherine Coleman


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.