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Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking
Here are three subjects that continue to fascinate: Leadership (in general), Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking.
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Although I wrote this from a military perspective, much of the essay applies to other contexts as well.

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Toxic Leadership Part Deux

A look at toxic leadership from a military context. (Just uploaded Toxic Leadership Part Deux http://t.co/khe02CtMz3 via @Scribd)
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Leadership and Systems Thinking

This article examines the role of systems thinking and suggests how it might be of use to those who seek to influence organizations.
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Leadership Matters's curator insight, May 21, 5:54 PM

Good article on systems thinking in leadership.

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Toxic Leaders Interview conducted by George Reed, of Leadership Studies at the USD - YouTube

Toxic Leaders Interview conducted by George Reed, Associate Professor of Leadership Studies at the University of San Diego

Via Susan Bainbridge, AlGonzalezinfo
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Jean Lipman-Blumen is a wonderful person and a world-class scholar. This interview was part of a graduate course where the students prepared the questions and introductions while I played the host. They read her work before the class. We later turned off the lights and camera and engaged in a wonderful dialogue. 

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, April 18, 6:16 AM

This a wonderful interview, once you get to it.  The introduction is long  but you can skip ahead around 2:30 to get to the interview.  


I truly admire Dr. Lipman-Blumen and totally agree with her views on what the media causes and her perspective on why toxic leaders get ahead. 


One of my favorite parts is when she asks the audience how many of them have experienced a toxic leader and the majority of the audiences raises the hands. 


Long but worth the time!  

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The Pen and the Sword- JFQ 72

The Pen and the Sword- JFQ 72 | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
An administrator examines the war colleges and the joint professional military education institutions and calls on the schools to employ the optimal mix of military and civilian faculty to encourage the rise of new thinking in vital areas and...
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This was my attempt to provide some additional perspective to the debate about the relevancy and effectiveness of the war colleges. I wanted to share some insights from having been a student and faculty member in the system of professional military education as well as a faculty member and administrator in non-military settings. I hope it provokes some discussion, especially with regard to policies and procedures relating to the faculty.

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Wildland Fire Leadership: Toxic Leadership Will Not be Tolerated

Wildland Fire Leadership: Toxic Leadership Will Not be Tolerated | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
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Here's a nice summary of some of my thoughts on Toxic Leadership by my friend and ace San Diego Fire Chief, Brian Fennessy. I think he knows my work better than I do. I love it when insights like these cross contexts. 

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Toxic Police Leadership - Leadership - LawOfficer.com

Toxic Police Leadership - Leadership - LawOfficer.com | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
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Culture Really Does Eat Strategy for Breakfast

Culture Really Does Eat Strategy for Breakfast | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Just ask Target, General Motors and the Veterans Affairs Department

Via AR_HRCom
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Trying to implement organizational change that is contrary to a deep underlying culture is like swimming upstream in white water. 

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AR_HRCom's comment, August 26, 11:27 AM
Agreed!
AR_HRCom's comment, August 26, 11:32 AM
Changes such as mergers or similar organizational reorientation are unavoidable. It is a long road that requires great commitment. As people within the organization will come and go, a new culture will install itself in the sense that people will come to terms with the new culture. It is not easy, it can be painful, but it will eventually happen.
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5 Things Successful Leaders Do in a Crisis

Running your own business can be difficult, and sooner or later it's going to test you. Here are the traits you'll need to remain a successful leader during those challenging times.
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During a crisis people look to leaders for confidence and support. They don't have to have all of the answers, but we do tend to appreciate those who exhibit composure even as things are unraveling around them.

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6 Toxic Behaviors That Push People Away: How To Recognize Them In Yourself and Change Them #leadership

Mercado Magazine Celebrates Art, Business and Culture with a Spanish Touch. MiCasita Media Group Inc.
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The Changing Face of Leadership

The new leadership competencies and behaviors that all leaders need in the new economy.
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The toxic influence of a psychopath: Abusive leadership infects entire team -- Sott.net

The toxic influence of a psychopath: Abusive leadership infects entire team -- Sott.net | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Supervisors who are abusive to individual employees can actually throw the entire work team into conflict, hurting productivity, finds new research led by a Michigan State University business scholar.
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Abusive leadership infects entire team - MSUToday

Abusive leadership infects entire team - MSUToday | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
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Abusive leadership infects entire team
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The study, conducted in China and the United States, suggests the toxic effect of nonphysical abuse by a supervisor is much broader than believed.
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We need more studies on this topic.

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Court Ruling in Military Sexual Assault Case Creates Slippery Slope - IVN News

Court Ruling in Military Sexual Assault Case Creates Slippery Slope - IVN News | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
IVN News Court Ruling in Military Sexual Assault Case Creates Slippery Slope IVN News A 2011 survey of Army leadership found that more than 80 percent of officers and senior enlisted leaders observed a “toxic leader” in the preceding year and that...
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The 7 Signs of Workaholism

A new study applies scientific rigor to the idea of being addicted to work and comes up with a checklist to see if you really do have a problem.
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There is a fine line between a productive passion for your work and an unhealthy obsession that decreases your quality of life. 

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Can Boomers Stop The Bullying At Work? - Forbes

Can Boomers Stop The Bullying At Work? - Forbes | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Can Boomers Stop The Bullying At Work?
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Even if you're not among your employer's leadership team, you still might be able to make a difference. If you're well respected by colleagues, have good relations with key influencers at your ...
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Toxic leaders fray the bonds of cohesion that hold organizations together. Those who are targeted by bullies need allies. At the very least they benefit from a good support system. 

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On Leadership and The Value You Bring Your Followers

On Leadership and The Value You Bring Your Followers | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
So Leaders: What’s your value proposition to your followers? “The employee is regarded by the employer merely in the light of his value as an operative.
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Some people, purely by virtue of how they treat others, add value to organizations while others detract. Leadership is not just about being in charge, it is about bringing value to the team.

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The Enormous Cost of Unhappy Employees

Most business owners know that unhappy employees cost you money, but you'll be shocked at how high that cost actually is.
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5 Entrepreneurship Lessons You Can Learn from Military Veterans

5 Entrepreneurship Lessons You Can Learn from Military Veterans | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
These two vets went through life-changing experiences in the military. Here they share the valuable lessons they brought home to build their successful businesses.

Via donhornsby
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Being a soldier, sailor, airman or marine does not make you one bit better than the society you serve. It just makes you want to be better. If you appreciate our troops, hire one.

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donhornsby's curator insight, August 25, 10:29 AM

(From the article): These two vets went through life-changing experiences in the military. Here, they share the valuable lessons they brought home to build their successful businesses.

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Stanley McChrystal: How to Tell When Your Leadership Style Is Obsolete

Stanley McChrystal: How to Tell When Your Leadership Style Is Obsolete | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Sometimes it becomes necessary to ask the tough questions: is it time to retire your management strategy?
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Army Takes On Its Own Toxic Leaders

Army Takes On Its Own Toxic Leaders | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Could destructive leadership be contributing to the rise in soldiers who commit suicide?
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I was pleased to contribute to this story. 

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Toxic Police Leadership | Police Records Management

In her book Toxic Leaders: When Organizations Go Bad, Marcia Whicker describes toxic leaders as “maladjusted, malcontent, and often malevolent, even malicious. They glory in turf protection, fighting, and controlling rather than uplifting ...
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George Reed | GratefulLeadership.com

George Reed | GratefulLeadership.com | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
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Thank you to Judith Umlas for including this in her popular blog "Grateful Leadership." The notion of grateful leadership is at the opposite end of the behavioral spectrum from toxic leadership.

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4 Ways to Diffuse a Toxic Workplace

4 Ways to Diffuse a Toxic Workplace | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
If your employees don't feel recognized for their work, don't get proper feedback and are overworked, your office will soon turn toxic.
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Retention and Reward: Struggling With the Consequences

Retention and Reward: Struggling With the Consequences | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Employee retention is a double-edged sword.
According to Merriam Webster, in addition to being a sword with two sharp edges, this is defined as something that can have both favorable and unfavorable consequences.
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The Legacy of Warren Bennis: Good Leadership Changes Over Time

The Legacy of Warren Bennis: Good Leadership Changes Over Time | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
By Howard Mavity I love reading The Economist and they justified my appreciation with an Aug. 9 obituary on Warren Bennis, who they rightly described as “the world’s most important …
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