Annual Virtual Conference on Moral Leadership

Envy and Organizational Leadership

“Leaders whose actions are not excessively influenced by their own feelings of envy towards others are more likely to be able to encourage and develop colleagues. This is particularly critical in organizations which exist in turbulent environments and which rely on innovation for their survival.” – Stein, M. (1997). Envy and leadership. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 6(4), 453-465.

Video Presentation

The Essence of Envy: The invitation to covet or to appreciate.

Part One

Part Two

This presentation looks at envy (invidia) and leadership. Envy is touted as the oddest and most destructive of the seven deadly sins and can be also called covetousness, jealousy or discontent. Envy contains no personal pleasure and is ultimately self-abuse. Even so, it is prevalent in today’s age, and specifically in leadership. Envy is seen as the pathway to other ills, or deadly sins, and is often accompanied by leadership, they go hand in hand. This presentation looks at what envy is, how leadership and envy are connected, and finally, how leaders can seek to combat envy in life and leadership leading to a more fulfilling gratified life.

Kathleen Patterson, Ph.D.

Dr. Patterson has been at Regent University since 1999, with the School of Leadership Studies and now the School of Global Leadership & Entrepreneurship. Dr. Patterson is a noted as an expert on servant leadership. She coordinates an east coast annual Servant Leadership Research Roundtable at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia where scholars and practitioners meet together to engage in servant leadership discourse. She also coordinates a west coast Servant Leadership Roundtable each year in Las Vegas, Nevada at the American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences (ASBBS) conference. Dr. Patterson is LPI (Leadership Practices Inventory) certified, based on the "The Leadership Challenge" by Kouzes and Posner, a best-selling leadership book detailing the five exemplary leadership practices, and is involved in numerous consulting projects, locally, nationally and internationally. She is involved in the following professional associations: The Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership, IALC (International Association of Leadership Consultants), ILA (international Leadership Associates) and ILA (International Leadership Association).

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