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5 Hard Truths About Leadership That You Never Stop Learning

5 Hard Truths About Leadership That You Never Stop Learning | Toxic Leadership | 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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Why are there so many toxic leaders out there, and what can we do about it?
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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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I received my copy yesterday.  

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My Boss Was Killing Me... One Brain Cell at a Time

My Boss Was Killing Me... One Brain Cell at a Time | Toxic Leadership | Scoop.it
Michael Douglas played one in Wall Street. Meryl Streep played one in The Devil Wears Prada. Gary Cole played one in Office Space. Kevin Spacey played…
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I have used both of the movies referenced in this article in leadership classes. 
 
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Memo to CEOs: Fire 'Monster Managers' Now!

Memo to CEOs: Fire 'Monster Managers' Now! | Toxic Leadership | Scoop.it
Attention CEOs in corporate America and around the world: whether you know it or not, there are “monster managers” lurking within the confines of you…
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You can and should fire "monster managers" but that won't fix the problem if you don't address underlying systems and processes that fed them in the first place. 
 
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Got a Bad Boss? These 5 Simple Strategies Will Get You Through the Day

A whopping two-thirds of people say they would take a nicer boss over a pay raise.
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#1 is the most important. Do not emulate bad behavior, and do not pass it down to your subordinates. 
 
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22 of the Best Motivational Speeches of All Time

22 of the Best Motivational Speeches of All Time | Toxic Leadership | Scoop.it
Need some motivation for tackling that next big challenge? Check out these 22 inspirational speeches.
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I am a sucker for great speeches and quotations. 
 
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How to be a Humane Leader in 7 Surprisingly Simple Steps - Brilliant Forge

How to be a Humane Leader in 7 Surprisingly Simple Steps - Brilliant Forge | Toxic Leadership | Scoop.it
Being a humane leader & taking care of your team will make success possible, both for the company & for yourself. A great leader fails without a great team
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I usually focus on the negative in keeping with the topic of this page, but in this case, flipping to the positive seemed to make sense. 
 
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Bad management is driving staff to the edge, here's how to avoid falling into the same trap

Bad management is driving staff to the edge, here's how to avoid falling into the same trap | Toxic Leadership | Scoop.it
Bad management can be dangerous, as well as frustrating and demotivating, with unnecessary pressure on employees leading to physical and mental health illnesses
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It is good to see that the issue of bad leadership is understood in other nations.
 
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Are 'aggressive dictators' ruling your company?

Are 'aggressive dictators' ruling your company? | Toxic Leadership | Scoop.it
Many bosses must improve their leadership skills through experiential training, argues one leadership performance coach.
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Not all aggressive dictators are toxic, but many are. 
 
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How to Deal with Workplace Bullying

How to Deal with Workplace Bullying | Toxic Leadership | Scoop.it
Workplace bullying is, unfortunately, a common phenomenon. Check out these valuable tips on how to deal with bullies at work.
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When it comes to toxic or bully bosses I prefer exit to emulation.
 
 
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How to Master your Anger - Resilience Institute

How to Master your Anger - Resilience Institute | Toxic Leadership | Scoop.it
Anger mastery transforms your life and our world While treatin
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Outward expressions of anger can be useful, but only in moderation. Those who cannot control their emotions appear neurotic and unreliable to subordinates. 
 
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Firing a Toxic Leader Is Only the First Step to the Cure

Firing a Toxic Leader Is Only the First Step to the Cure | Toxic Leadership | Scoop.it
Toxic leaders are narcissistic, abusive, single-mindedly self-promoting, inconsistent, and authoritarian. Their leadership styles are devoted to advancing their own interests at the expense of the institution and their coworkers. Hollywood has given us several iconic toxic leaders: Gordon Gekko in
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Fire all the toxic leaders today, and you will have a toxic leadership problem tomorrow, unless you address some underlying causes that create, foster, and sustain them. 
 
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Learning From Your Bad Boss | WAYLAND COKER

Learning From Your Bad Boss | WAYLAND COKER | Toxic Leadership | Scoop.it
I’ve learned many valuable leadership lessons from my bad and good bosses — maybe even more! A good boss can take an average team and make it superb.
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There is much to learn from a bad boss: 1) Things you will never do when you are in charge, and 2) You can survive a bad boss.  
 
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A large chair does not make a king - the four fundamental flaws of leaders that fail

A large chair does not make a king - the four fundamental flaws of leaders that fail | Toxic Leadership | Scoop.it
Bad leadership is corrosive. It destroys teams, businesses and organisations fast. Here are the four fundamental flaws of leaders that fail.
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I scooped this one because of the title and the Game of Thrones reference. 
 
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7 Traits of Truly Horrible Bosses

7 Traits of Truly Horrible Bosses | Toxic Leadership | Scoop.it
If the chances are low you want to be a bad boss, it would be wise to avoid these seven unpleasant traits.
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There are many ways to be a truly horrible boss, but I'm convinced that a deep sense of insecurity is a common thread.
 
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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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Toxic Leadership Part Deux

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Second in a series of explorations of toxic leadership in military organizations. 

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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 | Toxic Leadership | 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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Study: Bullying Linked to Decline in Patient Safety - PSQH

A majority of the events included verbal abuse and intimidating behavior, and other issues reported were work interference and humiliating and threatening behavior. The events occurred in many areas of care, especially in perioperative care, medical/surgical units, and emergency departments, and were often prompted by procedural errors and complications.
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There is some good work being done on the impact of toxic leadership in the healthcare industry. 
 
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UCCS dean to share secrets of working with a bad boss

UCCS dean to share secrets of working with a bad boss | Toxic Leadership | Scoop.it
COLORADO SPRINGS – Having a boss who bullies and belittles does more than make for a long day. A bad boss can result in unhealthy personal stress levels as well as decreases in both work effort and…
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Just doing my part to help get the word out.
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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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Reed presents at Pentagon

Reed presents at Pentagon | Toxic Leadership | 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 - Myguidon

Toxic leaders decrease Soldiers' effectiveness - Myguidon | Toxic Leadership | 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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UCCS selects dean for School of Public Affairs | UCCS Press Releases

UCCS selects dean for School of Public Affairs | UCCS Press Releases | Toxic Leadership | 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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Expressing Loyal Dissent: Moral Considerations from Literature on Followership

Expressing Loyal Dissent: Moral Considerations from Literature on Followership | Toxic Leadership | 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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