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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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Dealing with a Bully Boss - Fox Business

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"Bully bosses are people who intentionally mistreat employees," says Tasha Eurich, author of Bankable Leadership.
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Don't Be a "Water Bucket" Leader

Don't Be a "Water Bucket" Leader | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Command in the U.S. Army, regardless of echelon, is one of the greatest privileges (and stressors) bestowed upon commissioned officers. Unfortunately, many of us seem to stumble through these small...
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Add this to "sea gull" leadership and we have the start of a decent taxonomy of ineffective leadership approaches.

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donhornsby's curator insight, September 28, 2014 11:30 AM

(From the article): I like these factors because they emphasize behaviors, not traits. We can all incorporate idealized influence, inspirational motivation, intellectual stimulation, and individualized consideration into our commands if we take deliberate steps to do so.  We can all be like my former Sergeant Major or my first Commander if we ask ourselves the following:


What can I do to provide a vision, a sense of mission, and instill pride in my organization?


What can I do to inspire and motivate my organization?


What can I do to foster a command climate that stimulates intellectual growth in my organization?


What can I do to help my subordinates develop to their full potential?


We do not have to walk away from our commands feeling like we just pulled our hands out of a bucket of water. We can make a difference and leave a legacy that will endure long after we are removed from the equation.  Approaching leadership with the goal of being transformational, not only makes the experience more rewarding, it also ensures that the woodpile is a little bit higher on the back end.

Cammie Dunaway's curator insight, September 29, 2014 4:51 PM

A “water bucket” leader is someone whose leadership approach can be likened to sticking a hand into a bucket of water and creating a stir by splashing it around. Eventually, the leader pulls their hand out, and when they do, the water quickly returns to it’s original state. It’s as if they never existed. Even though there was a lot of activity, in the end, the bucket of water looks no different than it did before

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How to Give Your Employees Feedback That Actually Works: 13 Suggestions

Is a key staff member suddenly underperforming? Here's how to tell them the truth.
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It is understandable why we do not rush to confront employee performance issues. Most of us are uncomfortable with conflict, yet giving good feedback is a skill that can be developed.

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DATIS blog - Toxic Leadership

DATIS blog - Toxic Leadership | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
DATIS blog post examines how effective top tier leadership can bring success to an organization, but what can toxic leaders do?
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How to Survive a Toxic Workplace

How to Survive a Toxic Workplace | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Is your job dragging you down? Here’s what you need to know on how to survive a toxic workplace. (How to Survive a Toxic Workplace http://t.co/Ynoh3mgQDh via @DailyWorth Great piece!
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How Perfectionism Is Secretly Holding You Back

When you're trying to get ahead, the drive for perfection can be your worst enemy. The person who never makes a mistake always ends up taking orders from one who does. Here's why.
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Some have great difficulty determining when good enough is good enough. 

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Making Systems Thinking More Than a Slogan

Making Systems Thinking More Than a Slogan | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Dr. John Sterman, a world leader in the field of system dynamics, identifies how businesses can incorporate systems thinking.
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Systems thinking is something that is easier to comprehend than actually do, but it can be worth the effort in terms of additional insights and new approaches to seemingly intractable problems. 

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How Philosophy Makes You a Better Leader

How Philosophy Makes You a Better Leader | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
The goal of most executive coaching and leadership development is behavior change—help the individual identify and change the behaviors that are getting in the way of, and reinforce the behaviors associated with, effective leadership.
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Coaching an Employee Who Doesn’t Want Help

Coaching an Employee Who Doesn’t Want Help | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Is there someone on your team who you’d like to coach, but resists your help? A high-performer who could reach further? A hard-worker who could grow faster?  The best managers know to coach their employees, but what if someone doesn’t want your help?
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The emergence of executive coaching as a developmental practice is a relatively new and sometimes controversial phenomenon. A lot of good can come from coaching interaction as long as coaches restrict their practice appropriately and do not attempt to practice psychotherapy or mental health counseling-- areas that require extensive training and licensure. 

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7 Types of Toxic Co-Workers | Project Eve

7 Types of Toxic Co-Workers | Project Eve | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
7 Types of Toxic Co-Workers: Here are seven common toxic relationships we find at work – do any of them look familiar? (Yikes--You're not on this list, are you?
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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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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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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, 2014 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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5 Surefire Ways to Become a More Approachable Leader

Leadership status puts a natural barrier between you and your employees. Learn how you can take steps to open the lines of communication.
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Being approachable is generally perceived as a good thing, but let's also consider some other sides of the coin. A bit of professional distance is a good thing, especially when there are subordinate leaders who should have a chance at solving problems at the lowest possible levels. Leaders do NOT have to be the smartest people in the room, and they can admit that they are human.

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Fear As A Management Technique - Forbes

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Contemporary management and leadership theory focuses on consensus, collaboration – the democratic “flat” style – rather than the top-down , “do as I say” style.
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There is a place and time for almost every leadership style. The trick is matching the style to the needs of the followers and demands of the situation. Machiavelli famously noted that it is better to be feared than loved, but let's note that his observations were made at a very different time and context. As a young soldier I was told by some very intimidating noncommissioned officers exactly what to do and when. That was during training to engage in parachute operations and it was the right approach for that audience and context. It was rule by fear and it worked quite well. 

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Followership vs. Leadership

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Leadership This is a common topic that we hear about, over and over and over again when you talk with entrepreneurs or anyone associated with "management". But is there a fundamentally more importa...
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When we consider leadership we sometimes forget that there is a two-way relationship between leaders and followers. I'm grateful for contributions that focus on the follower side of that relationship.

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Watch Emma Watson's Powerful Speech on Feminism and Why It Helps Men, Too

In a speech to the United Nations, the actor exhorts inadvertent feminists and presses for gender equality
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6 Things Businesses Could Learn From the Military

Lessons from a former marine.
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Military organizations do tend to focus on the notion of leadership in a way that is not often emulated in the civilian world. 

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The Power of Followership

We can agree that all leaders are followers but can all followers be leaders? How can our leaders encourage insurrection every day to make sure followers are...
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Why Toxic People Drive You Mad

Why Toxic People Drive You Mad | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
They'll drag you down as long as you let them.
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Whenever we experience a strong emotional response it is appropriate to question why our buttons are being pushed. What does the behavior represent to us that causes such a reaction? There's some self-awareness work to be done around that question.

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Don’t be the last to spot a toxic manager | Articles | Leadership

Don’t be the last to spot a toxic manager | Articles | Leadership | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Don't ignore the bad behavior of other managers in your organization (Don’t be the last to spot a toxic manager http://t.co/xiehE2w6Pm)
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How Toxic Followers Enable Toxic Leaders

Do toxic leaders build up toxic followerships, or is it the other way around? It in fact seems to be a complicated tango, one in which each side gradually leads the other off the precipice.
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I appreciate the angle of this article. We are part of the social systems we find ourselves in and therefore have some responsibility for how those systems operate. 

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How to Defuse a Workplace Conflict

There's no reason to let conflicts fester and explode when you can handle them with calm professionalism.
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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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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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