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Stop Spending Time With Toxic People

Stop Spending Time With Toxic People | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
The people around you rarely have a neutral effect on you -- they either facilitate your accomplishments or undermine them.
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This can be hard to do in certain settings, but it is not a bad idea as a rule of thumb.

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It is amazing how much this helps. I feel much better since retiring from education. I know longer spend time with those people who sit in ivory towers thinking they know what happens in a classroom.

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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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Top 10 tell-tale signs of a bad boss

Top 10 tell-tale signs of a bad boss | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Good managers praise publicly, criticize privately (and constructively), and do all they can to help others succeed. Then there are these oafs. Read it and wince.
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Leading Blog: A Leadership Blog: The Ten Golden Rules of Leadership

Leading Blog: A Leadership Blog: The Ten Golden Rules of Leadership | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it

Michael Soupios and Panos Mourdoukoutas have reviewed the writings of the Classical philosophers and selected ten ideas that will positively impact our leadership effectiveness in The Ten Golden Rules of Leadership. Not surprisingly, the philosophies of classic figures remain relevant in today's workplace. 


Early on the authors suggest that the raw material of leadership is not latent in just about everyone and it “just takes a nudge to trigger its unfolding.” Further, the “special qualities of genuine leadership are remarkably complex and rare.” It is true that good leaders are not as common as they need to be and that we do confuse administration with actual leadership as they suggest, but the potential is there in each one of us. The problem is that it remains latent in many of us. We choose not to do the work necessary and instead assume reading “Leadership Lessons I Learned from My Cat” is enough to unlock our potential.

The authors do expose the real culprit at the end of the book: “Achieving the rank of genuine leader is a daunting task that most will find prohibitively challenging.” In short, “leadership requires a special form of courage: the courage to fashion a code of conduct governed by principled conviction.”

Genuine leadership is not complex but it is difficult because it requires that we do the inner-work on a continual basis. And that is a lot to commit to. It’s lifelong. And what we want to do is to check it off and mark it as good enough. Sustainable leadership requires a radical life-long commitment to rule one of leadership: Know Thyself.

Rule 1: “Know Thyself.” –Thales
This is an intimidating task and one that many leaders never really get around to. It never seems as important as the task at hand. The larger issue though is that we all possess a “powerful tendency to obscure, distort, and fictionalize on behalf of a fabricated reality.” The authors note that “Knowing Thyself means bringing a fresh transparency to our hidden motives and identities.” They suggest that a would-be leader commit to “an agenda of spirited self-indictment.”

Rule 2: “Office Shows the Person.” –Pittacus
Giving a person power reveals their inner qualities. “Specifically, power discloses whether or not a person has disposed f the psychological deficiencies that negate the possibility of real leadership.”

Rule 3: “Nurture Community at the Workplace.” –Plato
Plato insisted that “there is no greater evil than discord and faction and no greater good than the bonds of communal sentiment.” The idea that if one part of the body suffers, we all suffer. “Foster a cultre of cooperation and collaboration by defying the myth of the exceptional individual, and by explaining the corporate gains of working together.”

Rule 4: “Do Not Waste Energy on Things You Cannot Change.” –Aristophanes
The Athenian playwright Aristophanes wrote in his play titled Peace, “Never will you make the crab to walk straight.” Some things we cannot change. “Leaders must assume a posture of flexible response.”

Rule 5: “Always Embrace the Truth.” –Antisthenes
Antisthenes wrote, “There are only two people who will tell you the truth about yourself—an enemy who has lost his temper and a friend who loves you dearly.” “Honest assessment is an essential requirement of effective leadership.” The problem is that the higher up the ladder you go, the less likely you will receive complete and accurate information.” Seek the truth. Hire a heretic.

Rule 6: “Let Competition Reveal Talent.” –Hesiod
Hesiod suggested that competition that releases selfishness is destructive, but competition that releases ingenuity and creative is a constructive use of competition. Strife than is not the byproduct, but inner excellence and personal development.

Rule 7: “Live Life by a Higher Code.” –Aristotle
Aristotle wrote of the “magnanimous man” or the “great-souled” person. He is referring to a person that lives by a higher or more rigorous code than the average person. But not in a vain way. “When it comes to the great-souled individual, personal honor, not ego, is the ultimate priority and concern.”

Rule 8: “Always Evaluate Information with a Critical Eye.” –The Skeptics
“Leaders should never assume that the information they receive is unsoiled by hidden agendas or political agendas.” The problem though is even more personal than that. Socrates reminded us that “we must be vigilant against the conceits of wisdom [and] that we are all strongly inclined to assume we understand things that in truth we fail to genuinely comprehend.”

Rule 9: “Never Underestimate the Power of Personal Integrity.” –Sophocles
In the play Philoctetes by Sophocles, one of the two central characters believes that the ends justify the means; “one should not allow moral concerns to impede the necessities of practical achievement.” In the face of this seductive idea, the other main character, Neoptolemus, responds, “I would prefer even to fail with honor than win by cheating.” It’s easy to rationalize wrong behavior.

Rule 10: “Character Is Destiny.” –Heraclitus
Our character or our moral essence determines the course of our lives. While we can’t control the world around us, “Heraclitus was correct to insist that we are, to a very great extent, the authors of both our own blessings and our own burdens.” “A well formed character,” write the authors, “is the priceless reward paid to those who have done the hard work of coming to know themselves.” 


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If you want to learn something new, read an old book.

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Why We Must Honor the Teaching Profession

Why We Must Honor the Teaching Profession | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
To begin righting the U.S. education system, our nation needs to reclaim the belief that the teaching profession is a highly regarded, extraordinarily valuable position in society....

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What Happens When A Toxic Leader Is In Charge? » 3Q Leadership Blog

What Happens When A Toxic Leader Is In Charge? » 3Q Leadership Blog | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
It’s tough at the top, and once you get their, staying there means developing a leadership footprint, a way of thinking, communicating and doing that takes YOUR people forward at the speed of change. The new ecosystem is a trajectory of change, challenges, hyper-competition and opportunities that have become the NEW normal and will only continue to grow. There are many reasons why the focus of my work is the optimization of human potential and results in disruptive times. My passion for 3Q Leadership™ is the fire that lights my day, my work and my commitment to helping those who lead, and those who aspire to greater leadership succeed.

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David Hain's curator insight, November 20, 2:07 AM

How to recognise a toxic leader - useful infographic.

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The different disguises of the toxic leaders - good...:-)))

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5 Examples of Toxic Workplace Practices that Kill Employee Engagement

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RT @BrandChise: 5 Examples of Toxic Workplace Practices that Kill Employee Engagement http://t.co/ysnEt6SmxS #leadership #FranchiseNews
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Half of Employees Don't Feel Respected by Their Bosses - blogs.hbr.org (blog)

Half of Employees Don't Feel Respected by Their Bosses - blogs.hbr.org (blog) | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
And it’s keeping them from performing well.
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Message to My Manager: Stop Trying to Motivate Me!

Message to My Manager: Stop Trying to Motivate Me! | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
A message to managers: stop trying to motivate employees with methods that just don't work!
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ASTD Toxic Leadership Presentation - Leading Effectively: Official Blog of the Center for Creative Leadership

ASTD Toxic Leadership Presentation - Leading Effectively: Official Blog of the Center for Creative Leadership | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Observations from the Center for Creative Leadership's presentation "Keys to Surviving Toxic Leadership in Government" at ASTD ICE 2014.
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Those who suffer the most under toxic leaders are the ones who care deeply, who want to please their bosses who are satisfied with nothing.

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What's Your Leadership Culture? - CCL e-Newsletter November 2014

What's Your Leadership Culture? - CCL e-Newsletter November 2014 | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
In the pursuit of executing business strategy, culture trumps strategy every time. What's your culture and your role in creating — or changing — it?
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Culture is one of the things that new leaders frequently overlook. It can be hard to believe, but the organization was there before you and will likely be there after you leave.

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9 Powerful Leadership Lessons From The US Military

9 Powerful Leadership Lessons From The US Military | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Three US military veterans explain how their time serving as officers prepared them for leadership roles in the corporate world.

Via Prof. Hankell
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They lead diverse teams, are dependable, and simply will not fail.

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We asked three MBV students what leadership lessons they learned serving in the military that have prepared them for the corporate world. Here's what they said...

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Toxic Leadership May Be Contributing Factor to Veteran Suicides

Toxic Leadership May Be Contributing Factor to Veteran Suicides | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
On January 6th, 2014, National Public Radio (NPR) released an eye opening report on how destructive leadership within the Army may be a contributing factor to
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george_reed's curator insight, January 9, 5:17 PM

I do not believe there is currently sufficient evidence to support the link between toxic leadership and suicide, but it remains an open question suitable for additional research. 

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A Quick Test: Are You A Strong Leader Or A 'Toxic' One?

A Quick Test: Are You A Strong Leader Or A 'Toxic' One? | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
While the U.S. Army is trying to weed out "toxic leaders," you may wonder how you rate. Here's a quick test to gauge your leadership style and ability.

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5 Steps To Coping With A Horrible Boss

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Working for a horrible boss can leave some serious emotional scarsunless you keep them from making your work life miserable. Here are five tips for...

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Working for a horrible boss can leave some serious emotional scars unless you keep them from making your work life miserable. Here are five tips for keeping your sanity.