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Why Bosses Think They're Stressed When They're Not

Why Bosses Think They're Stressed When They're Not | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Relax: If you're on top you're not really that worried. Just ask science.
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It's not that the bosses aren't stressed, it's just that their subordinates are even more stressed. 

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, October 8, 2013 7:14 PM

We need a certain amount of stress in life, but bosses need to be aware when too much is too much.

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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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toxic_leadership.pdf

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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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Expressing Loyal Dissent: Moral Considerations from Literature on Followership

Expressing Loyal Dissent: Moral Considerations from Literature on Followership | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
(2014). Expressing Loyal Dissent. Public Integrity: Vol. 17, No. 1, pp. 5-18.
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This one is just out. An exploration of how we might approach balancing loyalty to supervisors and the need to speak truth to power. 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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How To Spot a Toxic Perfectionist

How To Spot a Toxic Perfectionist | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
The worst type of perfectionists are toxic to other people.
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Sometimes good enough is good enough. That can be a hard lesson to learn for perfectionists.

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The Art of Followership: How Great Follo Free download

The Art of Followership: How Great Follo Free download | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
The Art of Followership: How Great Followers Create Great Leaders Free Textbook Ebook download pdf 9780787996659.
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I have this book on my bookshelf and find use in the notion of followership. 

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The Toxic Boss Blacklist No. 1 – The Passive Aggressive (aka The Silent Killer) | WorkingWabbit

The Toxic Boss Blacklist No. 1 – The Passive Aggressive (aka The Silent Killer) | WorkingWabbit | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
The Toxic Boss Blacklist No. 1 – The Passive Aggressive (aka The Silent Killer) - http://t.co/J2Xx2xwC6Q #leadership #workplace
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There are many ways to be a bad boss. Here's one. 

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Evil but Effective: Leadership Lessons From FIFA's Ex-Boss

Evil but Effective: Leadership Lessons From FIFA's Ex-Boss | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Sepp Blatter may have been corrupt, sexist, amoral, and egotistical, but he proved again that you don't have to be popular to be in charge.
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I take issue with the headline. Mr. Blatter might have been effective in the short term, but is the organization really better off as a result of his influence?

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How To Deal With A Narcissistic Leader

How To Deal With A Narcissistic Leader | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
If you're working under a narcissistic leader, you know that nothing creates a more poisonous work environment. It may seem to be impossible to overcome, but take heart: it really can be done.
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All of us are narcissistic to some degree. The real question is how much and whether it is harmful or not. 

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Kindness In Leadership

Kindness In Leadership | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
A stereotypical leader is not always
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Kindness is s virtue, but being kind does not mean avoiding hard calls and doing right by the organizstion.
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10 Ways to Grow Leaders in Your Business

10 Ways to Grow Leaders in Your Business | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Founders need lieutenants they can trust to help grow their businesses. The best way to find them is to train them yourself.
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The best leaders develop and encourage emerging leaders. It is a worthy investment, and those who can take pride in the accomplishments of others derive satisfaction long after their time in a leadership role is behind them. 

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The right call to probe "toxic command climate" of NJ National Guard | Editorial - NJ.com

Former Comptroller Matthew Boxer will lead the investigation against Brigadier General Michael Cunniff's command
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Public institutions must regularly face accountability mechanisms put in place as part of a democratic system. They are uncomfortable for leaders of institutions, but necessary. 

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How do Toxic Leaders Become Supervisors in the First Place? | Blog.SHRM.org

How do Toxic Leaders Become Supervisors in the First Place? | Blog.SHRM.org | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Great blog post http://t.co/WmIIiaaVVl #trenchHR #Leadership
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When will we begin to understand that technical expertise does not predict supervisory performance? There is very little about being a good (fill in the blank here) that equates to being a good leader of (fill in the blanks here). Leadership resides in the interpersonal, not technical domain.

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TOXIC

TOXIC - Beyond the Objective - Medium
Understanding The Dark Side of Leadership
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Toxic leadership is a subject worth exploration.
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Gen. McChrystal on shaking up the military

Gen. McChrystal on shaking up the military | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
"I've dealt with a lot of chief executive officers who could walk in and be general officers in the military tomorrow.
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I find General McChrystal very thoughtful and insightful on a variety of issues. He is worth listening to. 

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21 signs you have a terrible boss - Business Insider

21 signs you have a terrible boss - Business Insider | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Know the signs so you can get out before it's too late.
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There are so many ways to be a bad boss, but as lists go, this one is useful. 

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Do We Need Bosses? Like it or Not, Yes - Fox Business

Do We Need Bosses? Like it or Not, Yes - Fox Business | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh is implementing a controversial new organizational system with no titles or bosses, prompting hundreds of employees to quit.
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We have an ambiguous relationship with those in positions of authority and that is apparent in this article. 

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Toxic Leadership

Toxic Leadership | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Toxic leadership is brought about by lack of self-awareness, lack of self-control and confidence, all of which are seeded by self-interest. As a result, a
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I hesitate to attribute the causes of toxic leadership because people are complicated and vary a great deal. I do concur, however, that a lack of self-awareness, self-control and confidence are usually observed in those who are deemed toxic.

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9 Things True Thought Leaders Always Do - Entrepreneur

9 Things True Thought Leaders Always Do - Entrepreneur | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Entrepreneurs possess the character and persona to become great thought leaders. Here's how.
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Generosity as a predictor variable for thought leadership. That's an interesting notion. 

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Why Isn't Servant Leadership More Prevalent?

Why Isn't Servant Leadership More Prevalent? | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
With servant leadership, a leader's primary role is to serve employees. Everyone from Lao-Tzu to Max De Pree thinks this a wonderful model. Why, then, is this style so rare among CEOs?

Via Jürgen Kanz
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Servant Leadership is a compelling notion. It just isn't found that often in the wild. 

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Roy Sheneman, PhD's curator insight, May 14, 11:54 AM

Good question? I think it is because the American culture does not historically celebrate this type of leader. We tend to celebrate the aggressive "get it done" leader, no matter how short the success. What do you think?