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Why Powerful People Just Don't Get Empathy

Why Powerful People Just Don't Get Empathy | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it

If your boss is a jerk, there might be a scientific reason for it. A new study suggests feeling powerful dampens the part of the brain that helps us connect with others.


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Verica Markovic's curator insight, October 2, 2013 1:17 AM

Etude intéressante, mais à nuancer.

Ron McIntyre's curator insight, October 2, 2013 1:52 PM

Not surprising but still needs more exploration by authentic leaders, the key is that one can overpower the tendency to quelsh empathy in their roles. But it is not easy nor is it often truly understood.

Chris Brown's curator insight, October 2, 2013 6:05 PM

"Whether you're with a team at work [or] your family dinner, all of that hinges on how we adapt our behaviors to the behaviors of other people, and power takes a bite out of that ability, which is too bad."

 

A powerful statement.  How can we keep focused on connecting to others so we don't become less empathetic?

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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Air and Space Power Journal: Toxic Leadership, Unit Climate, and Organizational Effectiveness

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I was asked to write this one for the Air and Space Power Journal. It is good to see some interest from the Air Force. 

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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, 2014 5:54 PM

Good article on systems thinking in leadership.

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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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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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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 Dr. 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, 2014 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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5 Things My Dogs Taught Me About Leadership - Entrepreneur

5 Things My Dogs Taught Me About Leadership - Entrepreneur | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Man's best friend can provide important lessons to us on just about anything including how to run a company.
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I admit it. I am a dog lover, and yes there are things we can learn from our furry friends. When I come home I am greeted at the door by an enthusiastic canine welcome. There is a lesson in there somewhere.

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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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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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How Damaging Is a Bad Boss, Exactly?

How Damaging Is a Bad Boss, Exactly? | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
What’s the one factor that most affects how satisfied, engaged, and committed you are at work? All of our research over the years points to one answer — and that’s the answer to the question: “Who is your immediate supervisor?

Via Bookmarking Librarian
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No matter how you slice it, leadership matters.

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Jerk perks: 5 secret benefits of having a difficult boss

Jerk perks: 5 secret benefits of having a difficult boss | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
You can learn a thing or two from your horrible bosses.
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We sometimes learn as much or more from the bad supervisors as we do the great ones. There is no shortage of difficult people in the world, so we might as well develop skills to deal with them. 

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How a Terrible Boss Really Affects You (Hint: It's Bad)

How a Terrible Boss Really Affects You (Hint: It's Bad) | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
How a Terrible Boss Really Affects You (Hint: It's Bad): A terrible boss isn't just leaving you emotiona...
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Here is an interesting graphic.

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If Your Boss Thinks You’re Awesome, You Will Become More Awesome

If Your Boss Thinks You’re Awesome, You Will Become More Awesome | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
If your boss thinks you’re awesome, will that make you more awesome?  This question came to us recently, when we were working with the top three levels of management in a multinational.
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Another take on self-fulfilling prophesies and the pygmalion effect. 

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On Leadership and The Domino Effect of Kindness

On Leadership and The Domino Effect of Kindness | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
How does kindness impact people on an everyday way? More importantly, how does kindness impact your leadership and your level of influence on the people that you lead?
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What Kind of Leader Do You Want to Be?

What Kind of Leader Do You Want to Be? | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
It’s the question missing from so much of leadership development: “What kind of leader do you want to be?
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How Abusive Bosses Can Destroy Teamwork

How Abusive Bosses Can Destroy Teamwork | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
There is increasing evidence that there is a clear link between bad leaders and employee health and productivity problems, which is turn, can be a huge liability for organizations.

Via Ziggi Ivan Santini, Rob Duke, Jocelyn Stoller
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Ziggi Ivan Santini's curator insight, January 26, 10:40 AM

"Employers should be aware of the tremendous costs to individual employee health and well-being caused by abusive bosses, but be doubly aware of the impact they have on team functioning."

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Have a Bad Boss? How to Use Conflict at Work to Get What You Want

Have a Bad Boss? How to Use Conflict at Work to Get What You Want | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
These tactics are the smartest way to manage up and get what you want at work.
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12 Significant Ways That Great Leaders Are Different Than the Rest of Us

12 Significant Ways That Great Leaders Are Different Than the Rest of Us | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Set yourself apart as a great leader by emulating and cultivating the following traits of genuine leadership.
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Not a bad list of positive behaviors in this one.

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13 Leadership Ideas Our Nation's Top Military General Shares That Will Help You Succeed

13 Leadership Ideas Our Nation's Top Military General Shares That Will Help You Succeed | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Our diversity is a blessing and will help us succeed in these challenging times
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General Dempsey is a fine example of a good leader. He has been making a positive difference in the lives of others for decades.

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Signs You Have A Toxic Organizational Culture

Signs You Have A Toxic Organizational Culture | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Every company has a culture that shapes the way it operates. Find how if yours is all about bad news.
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Organizational culture is like the tide. It is easier to go along with it than move against it. 

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The Neuroscience Of Being A Good Leader

The Neuroscience Of Being A Good Leader | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Find out why it's important for leaders to understand how people feel about the freedom they have and their relationships at work.

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Why you should stand up to a horrible boss: Retaliation prevents employees ... - Daily Mail

Why you should stand up to a horrible boss: Retaliation prevents employees ... - Daily Mail | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
A study carried out by Ohio State University also found that giving a boss a taste of their own medicine didn’t damage a person’s career prospects.
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I am hesitant about this one. There are boundary conditions to consider here. Standing up to the bully might be a good idea under certain circumstances, but I'm not sure it is wise to recommend it as a general strategy. 

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How You Can Be the Boss Who Goes From Good to Great

How You Can Be the Boss Who Goes From Good to Great | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Anyone who's ever had a bad boss aspires to do better. It's fine to be a good boss, but honing your leadership skills can make you a great boss.

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tips-for-spotting-a-bad-boss-in-an-interview

tips-for-spotting-a-bad-boss-in-an-interview | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Here’s some advice for spotting a potentially bad boss during the interview process.
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Even bad bosses can put on the charm during an interview. 

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