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Here are three subjects that continue to fascinate: Leadership (in general), Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking.
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The System Dynamics of Scandal: Allegations of Academic Misconduct at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill • Susan Fairchild

The System Dynamics of Scandal: Allegations of Academic Misconduct at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill • Susan Fairchild | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
By Susan Fairchild and Chris Soderquist On October 16, 2014, Kenneth Wainstein, Joseph Jay and Colleen Kukowski released their report documenting findings of the investigation into academic misconduct in the Department of African and Afro-American...
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FOLLOWERSHIP: THE OTHER SIDE OF LEADERSHIP - Ivey Business Journal

A veteran contributor to the Ivey Business Journal spells out his eight essential qualities to being a good follower, rather than a good leader, as it's essential, at times, to step back and let someone else take the reigns.
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Abusive and Insecure Managers: Still Thriving and Hurting Their Companies - Huffington Post

Abusive and Insecure Managers: Still Thriving and Hurting Their Companies - Huffington Post | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Two recent studies show when overall management culture has negative consequences for team performance and morale. One illustrates the impact of abusive managers.
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The evidence continues to mount. Toxic/abusive leadership brings a great deal of harm to our organizations.

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10 Types of Bad Bosses To Avoid

10 Types of Bad Bosses To Avoid | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
A great boss has the ability to completely uplift your work satisfaction and professional development. Without doubt, they can positively change the rest of your life.  Bad bosses on the other hand,
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From Toxic to Tonic-Emotional Intelligence for the Toxic Leader

http://usacac.army.mil/CAC2/militaryreview/repository/spotlight/spotlight.asp Mr. Gerald F Sewell, Assistant Professor of Military Leadership at the Command ...
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Leading Blog: A Leadership Blog: The Ten Golden Rules of Leadership

Leading Blog: A Leadership Blog: The Ten Golden Rules of Leadership | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it

Michael Soupios and Panos Mourdoukoutas have reviewed the writings of the Classical philosophers and selected ten ideas that will positively impact our leadership effectiveness in The Ten Golden Rules of Leadership. Not surprisingly, the philosophies of classic figures remain relevant in today's workplace. 


Early on the authors suggest that the raw material of leadership is not latent in just about everyone and it “just takes a nudge to trigger its unfolding.” Further, the “special qualities of genuine leadership are remarkably complex and rare.” It is true that good leaders are not as common as they need to be and that we do confuse administration with actual leadership as they suggest, but the potential is there in each one of us. The problem is that it remains latent in many of us. We choose not to do the work necessary and instead assume reading “Leadership Lessons I Learned from My Cat” is enough to unlock our potential.

The authors do expose the real culprit at the end of the book: “Achieving the rank of genuine leader is a daunting task that most will find prohibitively challenging.” In short, “leadership requires a special form of courage: the courage to fashion a code of conduct governed by principled conviction.”

Genuine leadership is not complex but it is difficult because it requires that we do the inner-work on a continual basis. And that is a lot to commit to. It’s lifelong. And what we want to do is to check it off and mark it as good enough. Sustainable leadership requires a radical life-long commitment to rule one of leadership: Know Thyself.

Rule 1: “Know Thyself.” –Thales
This is an intimidating task and one that many leaders never really get around to. It never seems as important as the task at hand. The larger issue though is that we all possess a “powerful tendency to obscure, distort, and fictionalize on behalf of a fabricated reality.” The authors note that “Knowing Thyself means bringing a fresh transparency to our hidden motives and identities.” They suggest that a would-be leader commit to “an agenda of spirited self-indictment.”

Rule 2: “Office Shows the Person.” –Pittacus
Giving a person power reveals their inner qualities. “Specifically, power discloses whether or not a person has disposed f the psychological deficiencies that negate the possibility of real leadership.”

Rule 3: “Nurture Community at the Workplace.” –Plato
Plato insisted that “there is no greater evil than discord and faction and no greater good than the bonds of communal sentiment.” The idea that if one part of the body suffers, we all suffer. “Foster a cultre of cooperation and collaboration by defying the myth of the exceptional individual, and by explaining the corporate gains of working together.”

Rule 4: “Do Not Waste Energy on Things You Cannot Change.” –Aristophanes
The Athenian playwright Aristophanes wrote in his play titled Peace, “Never will you make the crab to walk straight.” Some things we cannot change. “Leaders must assume a posture of flexible response.”

Rule 5: “Always Embrace the Truth.” –Antisthenes
Antisthenes wrote, “There are only two people who will tell you the truth about yourself—an enemy who has lost his temper and a friend who loves you dearly.” “Honest assessment is an essential requirement of effective leadership.” The problem is that the higher up the ladder you go, the less likely you will receive complete and accurate information.” Seek the truth. Hire a heretic.

Rule 6: “Let Competition Reveal Talent.” –Hesiod
Hesiod suggested that competition that releases selfishness is destructive, but competition that releases ingenuity and creative is a constructive use of competition. Strife than is not the byproduct, but inner excellence and personal development.

Rule 7: “Live Life by a Higher Code.” –Aristotle
Aristotle wrote of the “magnanimous man” or the “great-souled” person. He is referring to a person that lives by a higher or more rigorous code than the average person. But not in a vain way. “When it comes to the great-souled individual, personal honor, not ego, is the ultimate priority and concern.”

Rule 8: “Always Evaluate Information with a Critical Eye.” –The Skeptics
“Leaders should never assume that the information they receive is unsoiled by hidden agendas or political agendas.” The problem though is even more personal than that. Socrates reminded us that “we must be vigilant against the conceits of wisdom [and] that we are all strongly inclined to assume we understand things that in truth we fail to genuinely comprehend.”

Rule 9: “Never Underestimate the Power of Personal Integrity.” –Sophocles
In the play Philoctetes by Sophocles, one of the two central characters believes that the ends justify the means; “one should not allow moral concerns to impede the necessities of practical achievement.” In the face of this seductive idea, the other main character, Neoptolemus, responds, “I would prefer even to fail with honor than win by cheating.” It’s easy to rationalize wrong behavior.

Rule 10: “Character Is Destiny.” –Heraclitus
Our character or our moral essence determines the course of our lives. While we can’t control the world around us, “Heraclitus was correct to insist that we are, to a very great extent, the authors of both our own blessings and our own burdens.” “A well formed character,” write the authors, “is the priceless reward paid to those who have done the hard work of coming to know themselves.” 


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What Happens When A Toxic Leader Is In Charge? » 3Q Leadership Blog

What Happens When A Toxic Leader Is In Charge? » 3Q Leadership Blog | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
It’s tough at the top, and once you get their, staying there means developing a leadership footprint, a way of thinking, communicating and doing that takes YOUR people forward at the speed of change. The new ecosystem is a trajectory of change, challenges, hyper-competition and opportunities that have become the NEW normal and will only continue to grow. There are many reasons why the focus of my work is the optimization of human potential and results in disruptive times. My passion for 3Q Leadership™ is the fire that lights my day, my work and my commitment to helping those who lead, and those who aspire to greater leadership succeed.

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David Hain's curator insight, November 20, 2014 2:07 AM

How to recognise a toxic leader - useful infographic.

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The different disguises of the toxic leaders - good...:-)))

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Message to My Manager: Stop Trying to Motivate Me!

Message to My Manager: Stop Trying to Motivate Me! | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
A message to managers: stop trying to motivate employees with methods that just don't work!
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What's Your Leadership Culture? - CCL e-Newsletter November 2014

What's Your Leadership Culture? - CCL e-Newsletter November 2014 | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
In the pursuit of executing business strategy, culture trumps strategy every time. What's your culture and your role in creating — or changing — it?
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Culture is one of the things that new leaders frequently overlook. It can be hard to believe, but the organization was there before you and will likely be there after you leave.

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Toxic Leadership May Be Contributing Factor to Veteran Suicides

Toxic Leadership May Be Contributing Factor to Veteran Suicides | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
On January 6th, 2014, National Public Radio (NPR) released an eye opening report on how destructive leadership within the Army may be a contributing factor to
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george_reed's curator insight, January 9, 2014 5:17 PM

I do not believe there is currently sufficient evidence to support the link between toxic leadership and suicide, but it remains an open question suitable for additional research. 

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Top 10 tell-tale signs of a bad boss

Top 10 tell-tale signs of a bad boss | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Good managers praise publicly, criticize privately (and constructively), and do all they can to help others succeed. Then there are these oafs. Read it and wince.
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7 Steps that could lead you to becoming a Bad Boss #infographic

7 Steps that could lead you to becoming a Bad Boss #infographic | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Here are 7 Steps you don't want to take to become a Bad Boss
An infographic with tips on how to become a Bad Boss , Seven sure steps you can take to make sure your employees always remember you as t
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There are lots of ways to be a bad boss. Here's a start.

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Toxic Leadership: The Warning Signs | VoiceAmerica™

Toxic Leadership: The Warning Signs | VoiceAmerica™ | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
We all have experienced toxic bosses in the workplace. A funny thing is the thought that toxic bosses breed other toxic leaders
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10 Signs You Might Have a Bad Boss

10 Signs You Might Have a Bad Boss | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Failing to delegate and demonstrate trust
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Not a bad list as such lists go. 

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Yes, Sometimes Good Guys Actually Finish First

Yes, Sometimes Good Guys Actually Finish First | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
The good guys — companies that are good to employees, to customers and to their communities — keep winning.
That’s the hopeful news we found as we compiled the latest Good Company Index report.
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The Hard Data on Being a Nice Boss

The Hard Data on Being a Nice Boss | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Warmth beats toughness.

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Jerry Busone's curator insight, November 25, 2014 10:47 AM

The data is out there Employees prefer happiness, as Gallup’s 2013

They value positive social interactions with their bosses, undue pressure increases stress not performance....and hinders bonding in the workplace which leads to engagement which drives high performance ... welcome to 21st century Off the Bench Leading

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Systems Thinking: Seeing How Everything is Connected

Systems Thinking: Seeing How Everything is Connected | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
"Knowledge without deep comprehension, imagination and compassion is just a more complex form of ignorance. We need to shift paradigms, to grow wiser, all of us, especially the dominant cultures an...
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, November 24, 2014 10:01 PM

Einstein and Bohm are important to the intra-acting of all matter. There are other physicists who add a lot to the conversation i.e. Bohr.

 

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Why We Must Honor the Teaching Profession

Why We Must Honor the Teaching Profession | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
To begin righting the U.S. education system, our nation needs to reclaim the belief that the teaching profession is a highly regarded, extraordinarily valuable position in society....

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5 Examples of Toxic Workplace Practices that Kill Employee Engagement

5 Examples of Toxic Workplace Practices that Kill Employee Engagement | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
RT @BrandChise: 5 Examples of Toxic Workplace Practices that Kill Employee Engagement http://t.co/ysnEt6SmxS #leadership #FranchiseNews
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Half of Employees Don't Feel Respected by Their Bosses - blogs.hbr.org (blog)

Half of Employees Don't Feel Respected by Their Bosses - blogs.hbr.org (blog) | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
And it’s keeping them from performing well.
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ASTD Toxic Leadership Presentation - Leading Effectively: Official Blog of the Center for Creative Leadership

ASTD Toxic Leadership Presentation - Leading Effectively: Official Blog of the Center for Creative Leadership | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Observations from the Center for Creative Leadership's presentation "Keys to Surviving Toxic Leadership in Government" at ASTD ICE 2014.
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Those who suffer the most under toxic leaders are the ones who care deeply, who want to please their bosses who are satisfied with nothing.

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9 Powerful Leadership Lessons From The US Military

9 Powerful Leadership Lessons From The US Military | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Three US military veterans explain how their time serving as officers prepared them for leadership roles in the corporate world.

Via Prof. Hankell
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They lead diverse teams, are dependable, and simply will not fail.

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We asked three MBV students what leadership lessons they learned serving in the military that have prepared them for the corporate world. Here's what they said...

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A Quick Test: Are You A Strong Leader Or A 'Toxic' One?

A Quick Test: Are You A Strong Leader Or A 'Toxic' One? | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
While the U.S. Army is trying to weed out "toxic leaders," you may wonder how you rate. Here's a quick test to gauge your leadership style and ability.

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