Grotesque Leadership: The Aesthetics of the "Mangled Apricot Hellbeast"
Organizational Aesthetics Cover Issue Vol. 7(1)


Aesthetic categories

How to Cite

TaylorS. (2018). Grotesque Leadership: The Aesthetics of the "Mangled Apricot Hellbeast". Organizational Aesthetics, 7(1), 11-17. Retrieved from


The grotesque is an aesthetic category, which is to say that it is a name we give to our immediate felt experience of something. In the same way that we might experience a sunset as beautiful or traffic as ugly, I experience Trump's leadership as grotesque. Looking more broadly, Trump's leadership is part of a larger trend in leadership that includes leaders such as Boris Johnson in the UK, Silvio Berlusconi in the Italy, and Vladimir Putin in Russia, and which I identify as grotesque leadership.