When Dark Triad Personality leads to Supervisors Expediency: An Islamic work Perspective

Hina Fayyaz, Amir Gulzar, Nida Abbass
Published Online: June 2020

The aim of this paper is to examine the relationship between dark triad personality and supervisor expediency. The researchers further investigated if Islamic Work Ethics (IWE) moderates the positive association between dark triad and supervisor expediency; such that the relationship is weaker when IWE is high. Theoretical framework developed in present study is based on two theories i.e., trait theory and theory of planned behavior. The two set data was collected from employees working in health sector of Pakistan. Set one questionnaires were filled by employees on supervisory positions, they rated their own personality traits and belief in Islamic work ethics. Set two questionnaires were filled by the immediate subordinates of supervisors who filled set one. They were asked to rate supervisor’s expediency. Data was collected from 241 supervisors and 241 respective subordinates. Code was assigned to keep the track of supervisors and their respective subordinates. Confidentiality was ensured to avoid any bias. The research result revealed that Machiavellianism, narcissism and psychopathy positively and significantly impacts supervisor expediency. IWE moderates the positive association between Machiavellianism, narcissism and supervisor expediency. However, the moderation result was found insignificant in the case of Psychopathy and supervisor expediency. Empirical evidences confirmed that dark triad of personality leads to supervisor expediency. The theoretical model tested in the study provides insight and empirical evidences in literature. Implications for the managers and future research directions are also discussed.


Religiosity, Dark Triad, Supervisor Expediency, Islamic Work Ethics