Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking
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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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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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How Successful People Handle Toxic People

How Successful People Handle Toxic People | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Toxic people defy logic. Some are blissfully unaware of the negative impact that they have on those around them, and others seem to derive satisfaction from creating chaos and pushing other people’s buttons.
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An excellent checklist of useful behaviors when under the gun of a toxic supervisor.

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Study Shows How Toxic Bosses Wreck Teamwork

Study Shows How Toxic Bosses Wreck Teamwork | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
What if you were on a team of six people who had been toiling for two months to organize a company retreat and just as everything was coming together, you and your colleagues came into work on a Tuesday morning to find a group email from the boss that said [...]

Via Anne Leong
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The evidence continues to mount, but are those who have the power and authority to make decisions about key positions and development programs acting accordingly?

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 12, 2014 8:02 PM

The challenge with toxic bosses, besides the fact they are around, is they threaten any possibility of community.

 

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Facet5's curator insight, July 15, 2015 6:41 PM

Are some people just better cut out to be Leaders/managers? or is it that by not understanding themselves and having insights into their own personal style and their impact on others lay at the heart of the issue.   I think through a process of greater personal awareness combined with a clear understanding of the impact on others and how to engage and motivates others can often help.  Facet5 LeadingEdge report is a great way to start for managers, clearly providing information on how to engage and motivate team members.  It also provides a language and tool for team members to engage their manager on how to lead them successfully. LeadingEdge 

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The Holistic Approach To Good Leadership

The Holistic Approach To Good Leadership | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Thinking outside the box is greatbut turning one's gaze inward can produce surprising results.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 10, 2014 11:15 PM

Spirituality is important to good leadership.

 

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Jenny Ebermann's curator insight, December 11, 2014 7:02 AM
#self-#leadership is in fact the basis for leading others!
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How to Be a Good Boss

How to Be a Good Boss | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
5 tips to help you manage your team with the most success possible.
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Such lists are rarely complete, but often provide a few insights that are worthy of consideration. 

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Abusive Leadership Continues to Harm Employees and Organizations | PROGRESSIVE IMPACT

Abusive Leadership Continues to Harm Employees and Organizations | PROGRESSIVE IMPACT | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
More research shows how abusive bosses harm work teams.
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The evidence continues to mount.

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How to Deal With a Toxic Employee

How one employee's bad energy can turn your work environment toxic .
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An interesting and useful analogy.

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12 Steps for Managers to Become Leaders

12 Steps for Managers to Become Leaders | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Andrew Cravenho covers 12 clear steps that managers must take, like setting a vision and praising team members, if they want to become better leaders.

Via Don Dea
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The truth is that we really want leaders who can manage and managers who can lead.

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Don Dea's curator insight, December 4, 2014 12:58 AM

Earn trust

Almost all that has gone before relates to the issue of trust. Your team’s trust is earned by attending to the items we’ve discussed here. Just as you need to trust your team’s veracity, judgment and passion, the team needs to be able to trust that you exemplify those same qualities.

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Best Ways to Handle Toxic People in the Office - Linkis.com

Best Ways to Handle Toxic People in the Office - Linkis.com | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
What can you do when an employee disrupts the entire office with complaints and bad behavior? You have to act swiftly and surely. Here’s how.
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The best on on the list is "Take care of yourself." 

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Managing 3 Types of Bad Bosses - blogs.hbr.org (blog)

Managing 3 Types of Bad Bosses - blogs.hbr.org (blog) | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Strategies for dealing with their weaknesses.
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There are many more types than these three types of bad bosses-- unfortunately.

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Sorry, Paul Graham: Mean People Succeed, Too

The Y Combinator co-founder says entrepreneurs who aren't nice finish last. If only it were so.
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Unfortunately all too many who are not nice achieve high stations in our society. 

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9 Ways Leaders Insult Their Employees

9 Ways Leaders Insult Their Employees | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Many leaders lack executive presence and the basic fundamentals to effectively communicate with and manage people. Holding a fancy title doesn’t give a leader permission to disrespect and antagonize their employees.
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Executive presence is a good term. I imagine it as similar to professional bearing. 

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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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USS James E. Williams' toxic command climate cited in sailor's suicide

USS James E. Williams' toxic command climate cited in sailor's suicide | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
An investigation blames top leadership on the destroyer USS James E. Williams for a toxic command climate that led to a sailor's suicide in June.
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Another poignant example of the impact of bad leadership. 

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5 Everyday Actions That Help Leaders Grow

5 Everyday Actions That Help Leaders Grow | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
There are many good intentions that don't lead to great leadership. Learn what you can start doing now to actually be a quality leader.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Many of these helpful actions happen in the unscheduled periods on our calendars. As the white space on the calendar fills up some of the relationship behaviors that are key to team building tend to fall away. 

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Becoming The Leader That Others Follow

Becoming The Leader That Others Follow | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Don't sell your people on your idea. Try this instead.
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Remember that compliance is no substitute for commitment.

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Talking to talented (but toxic) employees: tips for leaders

Talking to talented (but toxic) employees: tips for leaders | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
You can’t fire them. So how can leaders deal with talented but toxic employees? It’s about stepping into difficult conversations.
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I disagree with the premise of this contribution. You can fire them-- and you should. 

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7 signs of a toxic culture

7 signs of a toxic culture | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
If employees dread Fridays just as much as Mondays, there may be some toxic stew cooking in the kitchen, says Bernard Marr, an expert in strategy, performance management, analytics, KPIs and big data.
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What Maslow’s Hierarchy Won’t Tell You About Motivation

What Maslow’s Hierarchy Won’t Tell You About Motivation | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Leaders need to focus on three basic psychological needs.
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Not quite as elegant as Reed's 4F Theory of Motivation, but there are some similarities.

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9 Reasons Organizations Don’t Train Their Leaders - Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning

9 Reasons Organizations Don’t Train Their Leaders  - Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Here are 9 reasons why so many companies provide so little to support the development of their leaders and 7 reasons why it is absolutely essential to success!

Via Don Dea
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The title should read "9 Excuses..." none of which are particularly convincing.

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Don Dea's curator insight, December 5, 2014 12:17 AM

It costs too much/isn’t in the budget.” The top of this hit parade is usually money. This reason/excuse is really two in one. The budget is an outgrowth of another item on this list (it isn’t a priority). Budgeting is really just a prioritization tool. By default, the things we do spend money on are deemed as more important than those we don’t. Yes, I know there are seasons or situations in the life cycle of a business where funds really are tight – but that is rarely the real reason. The “costs too much” cousin isn’t always about money alone either; it is often more about the next item on the list. . . - See more at: http://blog.kevineikenberry.com/leadership-supervisory-skills/9-reasons-organizations-dont-train-leaders/#sthash.knNbsY0g.dpuf

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8 Unsettling Facts About Bad Bosses [Infographic] - Business 2 Community

8 Unsettling Facts About Bad Bosses [Infographic] - Business 2 Community | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
If there’s one thing I hate more than snakes (my one and only big phobia) it’s an absolutely horrible boss. On some occasions a person is not ready to take the reins of a leadership positions, or…
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I do enjoy good info graphics as depicted in this contribution. 

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Can't manage: 8 signs you're a bad boss || Latest News || Robert Half

Can't manage: 8 signs you're a bad boss || Latest News || Robert Half | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Give yourself a chance to succeed as a manager by avoiding these common mistakes.
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Here's a tip: Bad bosses are not likely to read this article.

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The 4 Unicorns Of Modern Management - Forbes

The 4 Unicorns Of Modern Management - Forbes | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
There are a few myths the contemporary management consulting crowd has championed in recent years. Forget the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. We're talking more like the Four Unicorns of Utopia, galloping along on rainbows.
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I found a lot to like in this article. We must see the world as it is, not as we wish it were.

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How to Eliminate Bad Leadership Behaviors

How to Eliminate Bad Leadership Behaviors | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Executive coach Marshall Goldsmith explains it's easy to change bad behaviors, but hard to change the perception of those behaviors.
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According to Marshall Goldsmith, perception is harder to change than behavior. 

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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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Here's an interesting example of system modeling.

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