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Best Bosses: A Case of Emotional Economics

Best Bosses: A Case of Emotional Economics | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Whether it is a passion for people, data, achievement, or status, everyone wants to be satisfied emotionally. I know it’s a concept that doesn't’t make for a spellbinding tale, but let’s face it,
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"I left the job because I was appreciated," said no one ever.

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Unless employees feel positively reinforced, quality and other measures can suffer, and it will be nearly impossible to measure the loss of the disengaged and unapplied talent.

Mike Klintworth's curator insight, July 22, 11:03 AM

Most people describe their best bosses by how they made them to feel rather than by what their manager actually said or did.

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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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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, 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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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 | 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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How Successful People Handle Toxic People

How Successful People Handle Toxic People | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Toxic people defy logic. Some are blissfully unaware of the negative impact that they have on those around them, and others seem to derive satisfaction from creating chaos and pushing other people’s buttons.
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An excellent checklist of useful behaviors when under the gun of a toxic supervisor.

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Study Shows How Toxic Bosses Wreck Teamwork

Study Shows How Toxic Bosses Wreck Teamwork | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
What if you were on a team of six people who had been toiling for two months to organize a company retreat and just as everything was coming together, you and your colleagues came into work on a Tuesday morning to find a group email from the boss that said [...]

Via Anne Leong
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The evidence continues to mount, but are those who have the power and authority to make decisions about key positions and development programs acting accordingly?

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 12, 8:02 PM

The challenge with toxic bosses, besides the fact they are around, is they threaten any possibility of community.

 

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8 Steps To Dealing With A Toxic Coworker

8 Steps To Dealing With A Toxic Coworker | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Every office has that one person. Don't let them get to you; follow these coping tips.
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Not a bad list as those lists go. 

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Loyalty to a Leader Is Overrated, Even Dangerous

Loyalty to a Leader Is Overrated, Even Dangerous | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
The idea of insubordination is just as bad.
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Loyalty to a leader should be subordinate to loyalty to the goals of the organization. 

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Dealing with a Hands-Off Boss

Dealing with a Hands-Off Boss | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
You need the right strategy and state of mind.
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Hands-off is not necessarily a bad leadership style depending on the competence and motivation levels of subordinates.

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Will 2015 Be the Year of Worrying About Employee Burnout?

Will 2015 Be the Year of Worrying About Employee Burnout? | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
After years of asking workers to do more with less, companies in 2015 will focus on employee burnout.
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Burnout is not a new phenomenon, but some attention to the phenomenon would be a novel idea.

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Poor Leadership, Poor Followership: Which Comes First ~ Future of CIO

Poor Leadership, Poor Followership: Which Comes First ~ Future of CIO | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
There are numerous leadership debates to explore the leadership fundamentals: Are leaders suppose to be good people or bad people? Poor leadership or poor followership: which comes first?

Via Riaz Khan
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We all contribute to the systems in which we live, for good or for bad. 

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10 Bad Leadership Practices that Managers Should Abandon

10 Bad Leadership Practices that Managers Should Abandon | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Management and leadership are changing. Here are some of the bad leadership practices that smart managers will lose to lead their industry.
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Interviews: Leadership and Followership

Interviews: Leadership and Followership | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Is leadership all about the leader? Vision interviews two authors on The New Psychology of Leadership.

Via Ricard Lloria, Ivon Prefontaine
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The Department of Leadership Studies at the University of San Diego recognized The New Psychology of Leadership as the best leadership book of the year. 

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 18, 8:04 PM

Derrida argued that absence suggests presence. Leadership suggests there are followers. If absence and presence co-exist and are somewhat interchangeable, can we say the same about leading and following?

 

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Systems Thinking and Complexity 101

Systems Thinking and Complexity 101 | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Many of the issues we deal with in our lives involve both complicated and complex systems, and hence have both complicated and complex aspects that need to be teased apart.

Via Jürgen Kanz
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The Best Bosses Double-Down on Respect and Listening

The Best Bosses Double-Down on Respect and Listening | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Leaders who get the most from their teams are those who rely on fear the least.

Via Anne Leong
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 18, 7:55 PM

They do and their listening is not to answer, but to genuinely listen.

 

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Here's how to spot a bad boss – before you take the job - The Seattle Times (blog)

Here's how to spot a bad boss – before you take the job - The Seattle Times (blog) | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
I’ve worked for some pretty bad bosses during my career. Some were managers who became my boss after I was already working in the job, but others were toxic bosses I should have spotted before I even accepted the job offer.
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Wouldn't it be great if we could diagnose bad bosses before we take the job? 

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USS James E. Williams' toxic command climate cited in sailor's suicide

USS James E. Williams' toxic command climate cited in sailor's suicide | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
An investigation blames top leadership on the destroyer USS James E. Williams for a toxic command climate that led to a sailor's suicide in June.
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Another poignant example of the impact of bad leadership. 

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5 Everyday Actions That Help Leaders Grow

5 Everyday Actions That Help Leaders Grow | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
There are many good intentions that don't lead to great leadership. Learn what you can start doing now to actually be a quality leader.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Many of these helpful actions happen in the unscheduled periods on our calendars. As the white space on the calendar fills up some of the relationship behaviors that are key to team building tend to fall away. 

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Becoming The Leader That Others Follow

Becoming The Leader That Others Follow | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Don't sell your people on your idea. Try this instead.
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Remember that compliance is no substitute for commitment.

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