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How To Handle a Toxic Leader

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Toxic leadership is an unfortunate condition all too present in the contemporary workplace. Dr.
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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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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, 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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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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6 Toxic Beliefs That Can Ruin Your Career

6 Toxic Beliefs That Can Ruin Your Career | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Be mindful of your tendencies to succumb to these beliefs, so that they don't derail your career.
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Self-awareness leads to a knowledge of preferences and dispositions that may, or may not, be appropriate to the needs of a given situation. 

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John Michel's curator insight, April 15, 7:35 AM

Negative self-talk is unrealistic, unnecessary and self-defeating. It sends you into a downward emotional spiral that is difficult to pull out of.

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Two-star fired for 'treason' rant against A-10 supporters

Two-star fired for 'treason' rant against A-10 supporters | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Maj. Gen. James Post has been fired as vice commander of Air Combat Command for his comments in January.
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Senior military officers should take care to ensure that advocacy for a service's "party line" does not interfere with legitimate and protected communication. Advocacy in favor of one or another weapons system is a long way from "treason" and too close to the unfortunate assertion that "those who disagree with me are treasonous."  

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The Arrogant Leadership Test

The Arrogant Leadership Test | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Arrogant leaders operate under the belief that they are simply confident go-getters. Actually, arrogant leaders believe a lot of fallacies about themselves.
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There is a fine line between confidence and arrogant. Like most leader behaviors, not enough and too much are both problematic. Many of us know people in authoritative positions who have an exceptionally high regard for themselves with very little justification for the opinion. 

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What makes some federal agencies better than others at innovation

What makes some federal agencies better than others at innovation | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Government-wide employee data suggest that much more needs to be done to foster innovation within agencies.
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Innovation and government bureaucracy are words that do not often appear in the same sentence. The environment is frequently rule-bound and constrained in a way that does not induce creativity. The challenges faced by the public sector, however, do require creativity and innovation for the good of society at large. Determining ways to facilitate creativity and innovation in a bureaucratic structure is a noble endeavor. 

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6 Ways to Avoid Becoming a Toxic Leader

Leadership done poorly "demotivates individuals and damages organizations." Keep asking for feedback and avoid getting carried away by your emotions.
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Not a bad list as these lists go. 

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What NOT to Do When You Work For a Jerk - Fast Company

What NOT to Do When You Work For a Jerk - Fast Company | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Sometimes the key to dealing with a bad boss is remembering what you shouldn't do when you're under fire.
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Composure is an effective behavior in the face of a tirade. 

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How would you rate employee performance reviews? - Philly.com

How would you rate employee performance reviews? - Philly.com | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
What do managers hate to give, do employees hate to get, and doesn't always work anyway, while costing a lot of money?
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Best quote in this article: Kevin R. Murphy, an affiliate professor at Colorado State University, described formal performance appraisal systems as a "large-scale, carefully developed system for making people unhappy."

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Why being a workaholic is bad for you and the boss

Why being a workaholic is bad for you and the boss | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
You might be a workaholic if you're watching this from the office while answering emails, eating breakfast, writing a report and listening to a conference call.
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The test for workaholism is when the compulsive need to work that interferes with non-work aspects of life. Moving between work and non-work provides a restorative energy flow. Working hard isn't a bad thing, especially if you enjoy what you do. Like most behaviors it is problematic if it has a negative impact on important relationships outside of the workplace.

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Five Toxic Leadership Behaviors that Poison Culture

Five Toxic Leadership Behaviors that Poison Culture | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
  “Live or die, but don’t poison everything.” —Anne Sexton By Elizabeth Stincelli, DM   Leadership Behaviors What you, as a leader, do everyday has a ripple effect throughout your organiz...
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There is a time and place for almost any leadership behavior. The problem arises when  a preferred style is inappropriate for a given situation or context. As an example, there is a time to micromanage as in a crisis or when there is a critical function that needs attention, but it should not be a default setting. 

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How To Deal With A Toxic Boss - Lifehacker Australia

How To Deal With A Toxic Boss - Lifehacker Australia | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Toxic boss bringing you down? Here are some tips for coping.
Toxic boss picture from Shutterstock
In Australia, workplace health and safety legislatio...
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There seems to be some consensus around ways to survive a toxic boss. Many of the themes that are emerging on this subject are represented in this posting. 

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What Will Your Leadership Legacy Say About You?

What Will Your Leadership Legacy Say About You? | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Leadership is often messy and unpredictable. Leaders today are trying to do more with fewer resources, and in a shorter timeframe.

Via Anne Leong
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Thinking about legacy can be a good exercise since it recognizes that the organization will continue after you have moved on. The real question is whether it will be better or worse off as the result of your influence.

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The Dark Side: Derailers- A Deeper Level of Insight - Hogan

The Dark Side: Derailers- A Deeper Level of Insight - Hogan | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
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Hogan has provided some high quality self-awareness and assessment tools for some time. A focus on derailing behaviors is warranted and it is usually productive to consider ourselves a work in progress. 

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Delays - Impact of Delays in Systems Thinking

In business systems thinking, you don't want to fail to recognize of appreciate delays that can lead you too quickly to give up or over-adjust your actions

Via Jürgen Kanz
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The concept of delay is valuable in explaining why our efforts to influence a system seem ineffective causing over-adjustment that exacerbates a problem over the long-term. 

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Wally Stump's curator insight, April 18, 11:43 AM

Delays between cause and effect are a natural part of any system. They complicate our understanding of the relationships between causes and effects in our organizations and confuse our determinations of effectiveness.

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Emotional Intelligence: An Essential Leadership Trait

Emotional Intelligence: An Essential Leadership Trait | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
When we think of successful leaders, we often consider their business intelligence – the ability to think and execute in the short-term and plan for the future – as the most important factor of s…

Via Anne Leong
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This posting provides a succinct description of the elements of emotional intelligence: Self-awareness, affirming intent, empathy and motivation. 

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Michael Wendel's curator insight, April 17, 10:49 AM

Do we control our emotions or do we let our emotions control us? 

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Learning To Forgive As A Leader - Joseph Lalonde

Learning To Forgive As A Leader - Joseph Lalonde | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Our lives are ripe with opportunities to take offense to the actions of others. Even more so, I believe, when you take on the mantle of leadership. Opportunities For Offense As Leaders Leading gives us many chances to become bitter.

Via Anne Leong
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Perhaps it would be a good thing if followers worked on forgiveness as well. 

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Testing, testing. Who’s happy at work?

Testing, testing. Who’s happy at work? | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
At Google, Laszlo Bock's team has examined questions like: What's the ideal number of interviewers needed to assess a job candidate?
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When it comes to attracting and retaining talent the tech giant Google is doing something right. 

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