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5 Hard Truths About Leadership That You Never Stop Learning

5 Hard Truths About Leadership That You Never Stop Learning | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
As an Organizational Development and Leadership practitioner, I often find myself having conversations about leadership – what it is and what it isn’t – and how to be a good leader.
It’s time for some truths.
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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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How to keep your federal workers from looking elsewhere

How to keep your federal workers from looking elsewhere | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
The federal workforce is shrinking, as more and more employees leave government and the rate of hiring declines. Unfortunately, this also comes at a time when the demands upon government are growing.
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I am increasingly convinced that there needs to be a shift from personnel management to talent management. Many federal personnel systems are slow, bureaucratically hamstrung, and difficulty to work with. A desire to attract and retain the best and brightest should drive some serious review. 

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What are the Habits of a Systems Thinker?

What are the Habits of a Systems Thinker? | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Innate systems intelligence is present from our very early years. If nurtured, it can develop to surprising scope and depth in older students.But the key to this progression is offering (Systems thinking is fundamental.
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40 Inspiring Motivational Quotes About Gratitude

40 Inspiring Motivational Quotes About Gratitude | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Sometimes a totally different perspective can be found in a few simple words of wisdom.
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Has anyone ever left an organization because they were appreciated too much? I think not.

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Toxic Churches, Leadership, and Organizations - Bart's Barometer

Toxic Churches, Leadership, and Organizations - Bart's Barometer | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
A look at Toxic Churches, Leadership and Organizations and what attracts followers to them.
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I concur with the author of this blog that Jean Lipman-Blumen's work is a wonderful reference for the topic of toxic leadership.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 11, 10:34 PM

I read a book on church leadership several years ago (I cannot recall the title) and found many of the concerns in church leadership were similar to School. It was hard to call what was happening leading. It was managing.

 

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Motivating the Negative Nancy on Your Team

Motivating the Negative Nancy on Your Team | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Bad attitudes in the workplace can spread like wildfire. Here's how to stamp them out. (Dealing w/ toxic employees. I'd add - try including them, don't isolate them further.
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Most organizations seem to have at least one "negative Nancy" in their midst. 

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Ten Leadership Theories in Five Minutes - YouTube

"There's nothing so practical as a good theory." Here are ten of them, summarized by Professor Michael Zigarelli, for those who want to lead more effectively.
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It's a mere skim of the surface, but a good intro nonetheless.

 

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How You Can Put “Lead” Back Into Leadership

How You Can Put “Lead” Back Into Leadership | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it

I rememberMany people split the world into dualities: You’re either this or that. Positive or negative. On or off. Black or white.
But in reality, human behavior occurs mostly in the shades of gray between any two extremes.

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I remember my friend Georgia Sorenson remarking at an International Leadership Association conference that we are all essentially apes, whether we want to admit it or not. 

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 10, 8:16 PM

I think of words like teach, lead, educate, etc. as gerunds. When we add the -ing there is always a becoming Judith Butler proposed that being is a static postion, a noun and name, whereas becoming is always happening. Teachers are always becoming teachers through their teaching and learning. Leaders are always becoming leaders through their leading.

 

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How So Many Psychopaths Manage to Reach Positions of Power

How So Many Psychopaths Manage to Reach Positions of Power | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
How do so many psychopaths slip into positions of power without being detected?
Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog.
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Not all toxic leaders are psychopaths, but the connection between the constructs is certainly worth additional exploration.

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How To Deal With Toxic Coworkers--And Keep Your Sanity In Check

How To Deal With Toxic Coworkers--And Keep Your Sanity In Check | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
They can turn the workplace into a minefield. Here's how to protect yourself from the poor sport, the dead weight, and the devil's advocate.

Via Anna Conrad
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Jeff Anderson | GSN's curator insight, September 9, 10:02 AM

Psychologist Paul White, says these toxic individuals can not only breed a pessimistic work environment, but can negatively impact productivity and decision-making.


Fortunately, White says, dealt with appropriately, toxic coworkers can change and become assets to the organization. Follow these three strategies:


1. Focus on yourself

2. Set Boundaries 

3. Don't take their behavior seriously



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So, What Did You Learn From Your Last Workplace Setback?

So, What Did You Learn From Your Last Workplace Setback? | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
“The truth is, everything that has happened in my life, that I thought was a crushing event at the time, has turned out for the better. You learn that a temporary defeat is not a permanent one.
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Effective Leadership Can Prevent Toxic Culture

Effective Leadership Can Prevent Toxic Culture | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Effective leadership can prevent your organization's culture from becoming toxic. (Effective Leadership Can Prevent Toxic Culture.
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Why You Should Stop Trying To Be Like Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs was an amazing individual, but emulating the version of him depicted in the media is not the best way to run a company.
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Purpose-Driven Leadership: It Casts a Long Shadow and Teaches Us a Lot

Purpose-Driven Leadership: It Casts a Long Shadow and Teaches Us a Lot | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
When the CEO of one of the nation’s largest pharmacy chains announced that the company would stop selling tobacco products in its 7,700 drug stores, he made headline news and set a powerful example for others to follow.
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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 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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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, 5:54 PM

Good article on systems thinking in leadership.

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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 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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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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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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Toxic Police Leadership - Leadership - LawOfficer.com

Toxic Police Leadership - Leadership - LawOfficer.com | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
http://t.co/MCCa2p1UyP
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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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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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How Unethical Behavior Becomes Habit

How Unethical Behavior Becomes Habit | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
When a former client’s secretary was arrested for embezzlement years before his own crimes were uncovered, Bernie Madoff commented to his own secretary, “Well, you know what happens is, it starts out with you taking a little bit, maybe a few...
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Systems Thinking: A Journey from Screwdrivers to Whiteboards

Systems Thinking: A Journey from Screwdrivers to Whiteboards | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
I hadn't realized it until decades later. I received my first memorable childhood lesson in "systems" thinking while in the belly of a broken washing machine.
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A nice essay here, or maybe I am profiling this one partially because I have a soft spot for law enforcement professionals. 

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