Narcissistic and service-oriented leadership: Contrasting perspectives
Leadership writing has tended to present a positive picture about leadership practice yet, in recent times, researchers have highlighted the 'dark side' of leadership. In this exploratory conceptual paper, we juxtapose two contrasting forms of leadership: narcissistic leadership and service-oriented leadership (that draws heavily upon servant leadership) in order to provide a better understanding of both of these forms. In particular, we explore four core constructs of leadership: service, power, role of followers, and morality, to provide a contrast. Given that little empirical works exists on narcissistic and servant leadership in educational contexts, the article concludes by arguing for further research in the field.