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How To Deal With A Toxic Boss

How To Deal With A Toxic Boss | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
I can remember watching classic cartoons such as The Jetsons with my son and was struck by the way in which George Jetson’s boss, Mr. Spacely, was portrayed as having a mercurial temperament.
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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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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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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 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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Transformational Leadership: Paradigm Shift or Incremental Change?

Transformational Leadership: Paradigm Shift or Incremental Change? | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
A shift from a transactional to a transformational form of leadership in many organizations is revolutionary. The ROI? Improved safety performance.

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, February 27, 3:50 AM

"...It will also require the great effort to live and be true to the new reality..."

 
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Horrible Bosses Are Disturbingly Common in the American Workplace - MainStreet

Horrible Bosses Are Disturbingly Common in the American Workplace - MainStreet | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
A new study finds that upwards of 36% of employees suffer from supervisors who range from the inept to the manipulative and malicious.
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The good news is that there are plenty of inspirational and exemplary leaders out there as well. So why don't we do a better job of elevating the good ones and filtering out the bad ones?

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Have you ever had a horrible boss? U of L research suggests it's more destructive than you might think - Louisville - Louisville Business First

Have you ever had a horrible boss? U of L research suggests it's more destructive than you might think - Louisville - Louisville Business First | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Study found bad behavior can range from undermining and disresprecting employees to intimidation, threats and physical mistreatment.
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The 5 Behaviors of Highly Toxic Leaders | Corporate Culture content from IndustryWeek

The 5 Behaviors of Highly Toxic Leaders | Corporate Culture content from IndustryWeek | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
A consultant and lifelong student of leadership reveals the five behaviors he's found repeatedly characteristic of particularly toxic leaders.
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Five is a good start, but I can think of many more behaviors that qualify as toxic. 

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Abusive Supervision

Abusive Supervision: A Meta-Analysis and Empirical Review: We conducted a meta-analysis and empirical review o... http://t.co/BUmq7rNMIT
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I would advocate more research on this topic. Here's an example.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 4, 9:02 PM

The link is to the abstract which has another link to the PDF copy of the research article.

 

@ivon_ehd1

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What It's Like To Go Without Complaining For A Month

What It's Like To Go Without Complaining For A Month | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
How different would your life be if you cut complaining out of it altogether? Is it even possible?
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A month! Really? Complaining really is overrated but can humans do this? 

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The Different Impact of Good and Bad Leadership - Barna Group

The Different Impact of Good and Bad Leadership - Barna Group | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
The Barna Group provides research and training for churches, non-profits, and businesses.
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I appreciate the attempts to quantify the impact of good and bad leadership. No matter how you slice it, leadership style matters.

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10 Reasons Why Emotional Intelligence Is Critical for Leaders

10 Reasons Why Emotional Intelligence Is Critical for Leaders | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Respect is not just about others; the emotionally intelligent leader practices self-respect. How a leader treats themselves matters, because it is reflected back in the people he or she manages.

Via Patti Kinney
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Call it people skills, interpersonal savvy, or emotional intelligence, the ability to empathize from a position of self-awareness and self-regulation is an important skill for those who seek to influence others.

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Roy Sheneman, PhD's curator insight, March 4, 9:06 AM

Manage your emotions or you will not be managing very long...

donhornsby's curator insight, Today, 10:33 AM

(From the article): EQ is important to being a great leader. I believe in leading beyond maximum potential and delivering results that matter.

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Living With A Bad Boss Is Fine As Long As You're Willing To Make It Temporary

Living With A Bad Boss Is Fine As Long As You're Willing To Make It Temporary | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Oftentimes people are forced to say, “oh, it’s just a bad boss. Not an uncommon situation. It will pass. In the meantime, just suck it up..."
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Sometimes just working through a toxic situation can be the best solution, especially in organizations with a fairly high amount of turnover. The safest courses of action are frequently to take care of yourself and try to avoid situations that set the boss off.

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Which Boss Is Worst: Screamer, Schemer, Or Snake In The Grass?

Which Boss Is Worst: Screamer, Schemer, Or Snake In The Grass? | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Working under a bad boss is a painful learning experience. Years later,  you still remember the lessons the bad boss taught you, normally of the "how not to be a leader" variety.
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I'm not sure I would vote for either one.

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6 Leadership Styles, And When You Should Use Them

6 Leadership Styles, And When You Should Use Them | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Great leaders choose their leadership style like a golfer chooses his or her club, with a calculated analysis of the matter at hand, the end goal, and...

Via Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor
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The right style changes based on the participants and the situation. There's no one right way to lead.

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Enterey's curator insight, March 2, 2:08 PM

When you've done all you can to raise those under your management, then you know you're a great leader. 

Tania Tytherleigh's curator insight, March 2, 5:38 PM

We often see, and teach, leadership as a toolkit of skills. Great article on what to use and when.

Ben Olmos's curator insight, March 2, 7:19 PM

Leading and managing within organizations continue to challenge as organizations, people, and technology add ever changing variables to the practice.  Connecting with your leadership style is an important element of getting the best from your team.  Check out these six leadership styles and see if you connect with them.

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9 Toxic Law Enforcement Bosses | Law Enforcement Today

9 Toxic Law Enforcement Bosses | Law Enforcement Today | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Safety is a hallmark of the law enforcement business. Yet, a substantial number of public safety officers consistently identify a toxic work environment as
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I sometimes wonder if hierarchical and stratified organizations are more susceptible to toxic leadership. Most law enforcement officers are very dedicated to their profession. Does that cause them to hang in there under bad leaders when employees in other lines of work would leave?

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The Cure for Toxic Employees? [Infographic]

The Cure for Toxic Employees? [Infographic] | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Check out this #leadership blog: http://t.co/MnmLwOcJYy "The Cure for Toxic Employees? [Infographic]" Please RT
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Steve comes up with some good stuff. I appreciate the info graphic in this posting.

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Exhaustion is not a status symbol

Exhaustion is not a status symbol | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
It takes a lot of people to create a culture of 24-hour working. As many of us are perpetuating that as are victims of it.
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I like the title and the sentiments of this article.

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5 Signs That You Are A Jerk and How to Fix It

5 Signs That You Are A Jerk and How to Fix It | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
You are a great person. A really nice one, actually. Great! Are you sure about that? You may be an oblivious jerk.
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JERK is not a Myers-Briggs Personality Type, but it does fit all too many as an apt description. 

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5 Ways to Transform Yourself Into a Leader - TIME

5 Ways to Transform Yourself Into a Leader - TIME | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Successful people are simply willing to do what other people aren’t
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Leadership is not for the faint-hearted. It begins with a choice to take responsibility for the dreams of others. 

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