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3 Qualities of Exceptionally Gifted Leaders

The really gifted leaders? They always have these three traits.
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Never underestimate the value of having fun.

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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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Amazon.com: Tarnished: Toxic Leadership in the U.S. Military eBook: George E. Reed: Kindle Store

Tarnished: Toxic Leadership in the U.S. Military - Kindle edition by George E. Reed. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets.
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Available now.

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I received my copy yesterday.  

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24 signs you have a terrible boss

If you contemplate handing in your two weeks...

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Let's remember that terrible bosses are frequently dedicated and mission-oriented. They just don't understand the negative impact they have on others. Sometimes it is an issue of self-awareness, or self-regulation, or both. 

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Reed presents at Pentagon

Reed presents at Pentagon | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
George Reed, dean, School of Public Affairs, delivered “Tarnished: Toxic Leadership in the U.S. Military” Oct. 15 at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
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I should not be allowed to have that much fun. 

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Toxic leaders decrease Soldiers' effectiveness, experts say | Article | The United States Army

Toxic leaders decrease Soldiers' effectiveness, experts say | Article | The United States Army | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Having a toxic boss results in a 48 percent decrease in work effort and 38 percent decrease in work quality, said Dr. George Reed.
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I really enjoyed exploring the topic of Toxic Leadership at the Pentagon. I went at the invitation of the Pentagon Chaplains Office and was pleased to see that the subject has traction with some of our most senior leaders. Most gratifying. 

 

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UCCS selects dean for School of Public Affairs | UCCS Press Releases

UCCS selects dean for School of Public Affairs | UCCS Press Releases | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. –An associate dean of the School of Leadership and Education at the University of San Diego and former faculty member at the ...
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I am looking forward to serving the good people of the university and Southern Colorado.

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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 in Military Review

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This was my first attempt to explain the phenomenon now known as Toxic Leadership. It kind of took off from there. 

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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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Good article on systems thinking in leadership.

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12 Signs of a Bad Boss (and How to Deal With Them)

12 Signs of a Bad Boss (and How to Deal With Them) | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it

Is your bad boss - bad - because he lacks supervisory skills? You won't believe how often this is the case. Here's how to handle this type of bad boss.

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There are a number of actions that I would add to this list when dealing with a bad boss: Get away, document incidents with times, dates, and witnesses, identify and limit triggers, and try again to get away. 

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4 Signs of a Terrible, Toxic Boss

4 Signs of a Terrible, Toxic Boss | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it

Ever gone to your boss with a 'great idea,' only to have him or her toss off an 'I'll think about it' and completely ignore you?

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There are far more than four signs of a terrible toxic boss, but this is not a bad start. 

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How Toxic Leaders Lure You Into Believing in Them

How Toxic Leaders Lure You Into Believing in Them | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it

The most toxic leaders are the cunning splitters who smile to your face and stab you from behind. Learning how to spot them and destroy their covert power games is crucial for all organizations.

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Divide and conquer is just one tactic of many used by toxic leaders. Remember that toxics can't lead unless others agree to follow. 

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What Do You Do If You Don’t Get Along With Your Boss?

What Do You Do If You Don’t Get Along With Your Boss? | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it

Editor’s Note: Readers sometimes ask about past TLNT articles, so every Friday we republish a Classic TLNT post. So what if your boss is the person you d

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No two situations are exactly alike, making formulaic suggestions about dealing with interpersonal relationships a bit sketchy. I do appreciate suggestions. My recommendation is to consider it an ongoing social experiment. Keep trying variations until you find something that works, and that just might be a new job.

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4 Things That Sink New Executives, and How to Overcome Them

4 Things That Sink New Executives, and How to Overcome Them | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it

A new study shows how things change at the top.

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It is a mistake to consider leadership as a monolithic phenomenon. There are aspects that vary based on your level within the organization. Just because a person is a good first-line supervisor does not portend success in the c-suite.

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How much are toxic workers costing your company?

How much are toxic workers costing your company? | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it

This article is published in collaboration with Harvard Gazette.
They bad-mouth you to work colleagues behind your back; they angrily demand the impossible from everyone but themselves; t...

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The observable impact of toxicity in organizations is just the tip of a much larger unobserved impact. 

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How to Avoid Hiring a Toxic Employee

How to Avoid Hiring a Toxic Employee | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it

Keeping out bad apples matters more than wooing stars.

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It is sometimes better not to have an employee than to have a bad one. 

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How Leaders Can Really Zap Team Morale

How Leaders Can Really Zap Team Morale | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it

What’s the WORST thing leaders can do to kill the spirit of people who work with and for them? It’s not incompetence. Smart employees can tolerate bos

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There is a basic human need for dignity and respect. We all want it, and we react negatively when we do not get it. 

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Harvard Professor Declares Job Descriptions Should Finally be Discarded

Harvard Professor Declares Job Descriptions Should Finally be Discarded | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it

Harvard professor Todd Rose proves that the continued of skills-laden and experience-based job descriptions prevent companies from hiring the best people possible. In

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It is amazing how much conventional wisdom in HR is under challenge. 

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The 11 Laws of Systems Thinking

The 11 Laws of Systems Thinking | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it

11 handy laws for system thinkers, these act as useful prompts when considering social problems. Most problems have their antecedents in the unintended consequence of previous efforts for change.

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Thank you Professor Senge for these truths.

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Effective Leadership: How toxic leaders destroy people and organisations

Effective Leadership: How toxic leaders destroy people and  organisations | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it

That’s why there is a pressing need for leaders to understand the nature, dynamics and evolution of toxic leadership and organisations.

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I concur with the premise of this article. The more we know about the nature, scope, nature and dynamics of toxic leadership the more equipped we are to fight against its negative impact.

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The 5 Warning Signs of a Toxic Work Environment

The 5 Warning Signs of a Toxic Work Environment | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it

Each year, Fortune Magazine publishes a list of the best companies to work for, but what about the worst workplaces?

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I am a big fan of Professor Riggio. He is a regular contributor to Psychology Today. 

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Corporate psychopathy and abusive supervision: Their influence on employees' job satisfaction and turnover intentions

Study: “Corporate psychopathy was positively... correlated with abusive supervision and turnover intentions” https://t.co/xx2OWnjdop

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It heartens me to see continuing research on this phenomenon.

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10 Ways a Terrible Boss Can Still Teach You How to Lead

10 Ways a Terrible Boss Can Still Teach You How to Lead | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it

If you have a terrible boss, comfort yourself by considering how much you're learning.

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There are many ways a bad boss can provide a learning experience. Just think of the list of "things you will never do" that you can amass. 

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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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Toxic leaders decrease Soldiers' effectiveness - Myguidon

Toxic leaders decrease Soldiers' effectiveness - Myguidon | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Read Toxic leaders decrease Soldiers’ effectiveness
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I thought the author did a fine job with this article. It can be difficult to summarize a presentation that lasts over an hour, but I think this one hit many of the high points of my presentation. 

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