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From the Deckplates - Toxic Leaders: Bullies in our Ranks | U.S. Naval Institute

From the Deckplates - Toxic Leaders: Bullies in our Ranks | U.S. Naval Institute | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
From the Deckplates - #Toxic Leaders: Bullies in our Ranks | U.S. Naval Institute http://t.co/W6Ha2bWAce via @sharethis #leadership
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I was wondering when the other services would begin to take a look at the concept of toxic leadership. 

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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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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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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 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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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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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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L2L Infographic: The Iceberg That Sinks Organizational Change

L2L Infographic: The Iceberg That Sinks Organizational Change | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
L2L Infographic: The Iceberg That Sinks Organizational Change Infographic courtesy of Torben Rick
The post L2L Infographic: The Iceberg That Sinks Organizational Change appeared first on Linked 2 Leadership.
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I am a fan of this sort of information graphic. I suspect most of us that learn visually are.

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TOXIC

TOXIC - Beyond the Objective - Medium
Understanding The Dark Side of Leadership
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A number of scholars tend to identify toxic leadership based on the impact a leader has on the organization rather than using a description of specific behavior. 

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Why Your Employees Are Leaving (and How You Can Win Them Back)

Why Your Employees Are Leaving (and How You Can Win Them Back) | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Employee turnover is a fact of life. And as it turns out, not even the most in-demand employers are immune.
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Talent management and personnel management are not the same thing. Attracting and retaining talent is requires a creative, proactive, and personalized process. Most personnel systems lack the agility to do that well. 

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Who are the world's best leaders? - Fortune

Who are the world's best leaders? - Fortune | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
The greatest leaders are the ones who run organizations that truly care for their employees’ and customers’ health, happiness, and wellbeing.
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Great leadership is probably a combination of situation and individual contributions. Where, for example, would Lincoln have been without the American Civil War? Does the crucible of the situation make the leader or does the leader transcend the situation? 

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What sort of bad boss do you have? - New Zealand Herald

What sort of bad boss do you have? - New Zealand Herald | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Working for an unreasonable boss can cause health problems, including increasing employees' risk of heart disease and heart attack. - New Zealand Herald
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There are many types of bad bosses, but here is a list that makes sense. 

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What if you could replace performance evaluations with four simple questions?

What if you could replace performance evaluations with four simple questions? | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Deloitte has come up with them (and two only need a 'yes' or 'no' answer).
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The antiquated, yet prevalent, management by objectives approach to personnel evaluation seems to live well beyond its utility. Here is an example of a different approach.

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How successful people overcome toxic bosses - Quartz

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How successful people overcome toxic bosses
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Bad bosses contaminate the workplace. Some do so obliviously, while others smugly manipulate their employees, using them as instruments of their own success.
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We should remember that we are all part of the systems in which we live. While it may be attractive to blame toxic behavior solely on the boss, we have the opportunity and indeed the responsibility to make it better rather than worse. 

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6 kinds of bad bosses and how to handle them - MarketWatch

6 kinds of bad bosses and how to handle them - MarketWatch | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
A bad boss is more than a problem to gripe about to friends and a bartender.
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I do appreciate the use of archetypes as displayed in popular media such as movies and television shows. 

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Top 5 Reasons People Are Unhappy at Work

Top 5 Reasons People Are Unhappy at Work | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Which of these bothers you the most?
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Ron Riggio is an extraordinary leadership scholar and good man. Check out his contributions in Psychology Today. 

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Leaders – Should Employee Happiness be on Your Agenda?

Leaders – Should Employee Happiness be on Your Agenda? | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
In April last year, the United Nations held its first conference on happiness and wellbeing in New York City. The conference introduced the concept of
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Those who enjoy their work are less susceptible to talent raiders from other organizations. There is an important social wage associated with having a good time. 

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How to Know If You Are a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Boss

How to Know If You Are a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Boss | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Horrible bosses come in all shapes and sizes.
You can probably think of a few previous bosses you’ve had the (dis)pleasure to work for.
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I get this question frequently. "How do I know if I am toxic?" Since toxicity is determined by impact on the organization you have to ask your team the right questions. Since reality is in the eye of the beholder, if most of your team perceives you as toxic, you win the toxic leader badge that nobody really wants. 

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The Toxic Boss Syndrome

The Toxic Boss Syndrome | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
How many of us can relate to the movie Office Space and the infamous boss Bill Lumbergh? Most people would say that they can easily point to a boss that they currently have or have had who could have served as a role model for the movie character....
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Office Space is a movie that I use in my repertoire of leadership (or anti-leadership) films. 

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What Shelter Dogs Taught Me about Employee Engagement

What Shelter Dogs Taught Me about Employee Engagement | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
One day while volunteering at the animal shelter, my interactions with two of the dogs — Mia and Harper — reminded me of a fundamental truth about employee engagement.
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We can learn a great deal from our furry friends if we pay attention. The gist of this contribution is the fact that when it comes to engaging employees, one size does not fit all. 

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 13, 8:55 PM

I was reading Donna Haraway's Companion Species Manifesto which proposes that many animals, dogs included, can provide insight into working relationships which defy one-size-fits-all.

 

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When an Employee Quits and You Didn’t See It Coming

When an Employee Quits and You Didn’t See It Coming | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
It’s Friday afternoon and one of your employees asks for a private meeting. Before you even close the door, she tells you she’s found another job and is leaving the company. Once you get over the shock, how should you respond?
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Do not expect an employee to give you a straight answer during and exit interview. This is a place where it is appropriate to be sensitive to weak signals. Even those who are very disenchanted have a tendency to approach their exit with a sense of "let bygones be bygones."

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How to get rid of toxic employees - L.A. Biz

How to get rid of toxic employees - L.A. Biz | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Terry Weaver and his colleagues at the Chief Executive Boards International have little patience for “toxic employees.”
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One of the golden nuggets from this contribution: Toxic employees cost you more than you think. 

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The Single Best Way To Develop Leadership Skills

The Single Best Way To Develop Leadership Skills | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
The military is right about experiential development: People become leaders by making a commitment to a cause, and having personal responsibility and...

Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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According to the Harvard Confidence in Leadership Index, the military is the one segment of American society in which most Americans report a high degree of confidence. They are clearly doing something right, and that probably includes a process for leader development. 

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, March 10, 12:13 PM

Alice Korngold is the author of A Better World, Inc. A book that I highly recommend.


You can follow Alice on Twitter here: @alicekorngold.