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Here’s Why Your Employees Are Just Not That Into You

Here’s Why Your Employees Are Just Not That Into You | Toxic Leadership | Scoop.it
Editor’s Note: Sometimes readers ask about past TLNT articles. That’s why we republish a Classic TLNT post every Friday. 
Are you frustrated with employees who seem to be more “It’s all about me” than “How can I help my employer?
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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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Toxic Narcissistic Leadership in the Workplace

Toxic Narcissistic Leadership in the Workplace | Toxic Leadership | Scoop.it
The Mantra of Toxic Leadership Article Written by Martin Ward “You’re in my world now”. Five simple but emotionally charged words that were fired at me by a senior colleague I wor…
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Best quote from this article: "Over my career, I’ve encountered a handful of extreme narcissists. In most cases they have been very capable people, but without exception they have left a trail of human carnage in their wake."
 
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How to Recognize Who the Subtle Workplace Bully Is (Is it You?)

How to Recognize Who the Subtle Workplace Bully Is (Is it You?) | Toxic Leadership | Scoop.it
Check in with yourself by answering these 5 questions.
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The bottom line for all bullies is a fundamental lack of respect for the dignity and worth of others. 
 
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Here's Why Ineffective Bosses Are So Hard to Fire, According to Warren Buffett

Here's Why Ineffective Bosses Are So Hard to Fire, According to Warren Buffett | Toxic Leadership | Scoop.it
Did you ever wonder why some bosses who are beyond terrible stay in their position way too long and good employees don't? Here's why.
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Effectiveness can be in the eye of the beholder. If a boss meets their performance metrics but makes subordinates miserable, is that okay?
 
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9 Simple Reminders That Will Make You a Better Leader

9 Simple Reminders That Will Make You a Better Leader | Toxic Leadership | Scoop.it
Leadership can be hard, don't make it harder for yourself.
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I like this list. Toxic leaders do not do these things.
 
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Leadership can be hard, don't make it harder for yourself.
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How Leaders and Their Teams Can Stop Executive Hubris

How Leaders and Their Teams Can Stop Executive Hubris | Toxic Leadership | Scoop.it
Building a culture of critical thinking and humility can spare companies from the ravages of excessive CEO confidence.
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Another variation on the benefits of humility. 
 
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Study suggests humility from the boss may encourage employee activity

Study suggests humility from the boss may encourage employee activity | Toxic Leadership | Scoop.it
From the Ohio State University press release:
It's good to be humble when you're the boss -- as long as that's what your employees expect.

Researchers studying workplaces in China found that some real-life teams showed more creativity if the employees rated their bosses as showing more humility.
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Supervisors who meet the expectations of their team tend to be viewed more favorably. I suspect there are some variations across cultures on this one. 
 
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Toxic Leaders - why do we allow them?

Toxic Leaders - why do we allow them? | Toxic Leadership | Scoop.it
Back in October, I spoke at a seminar for HR and OD specialists on the topic 'The Dark Side of Leadership.' At first, I thought the topic had bee
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Toxic leaders are frequently tolerated due to their ability to make themselves indispensable to powerful people. Their drive and ability to achieve organizational goals make them valuable-- until the cost becomes apparent. 
 
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How to Prevent Toxic Leadership

How to Prevent Toxic Leadership | Toxic Leadership | Scoop.it
Arm yourself with the knowledge of what toxic leadership looks like, how to survive it, and how to prevent it in the first place.
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How about consideration of this question: At what level in the organization is a toxic leader unacceptable? After answering, start making sure no toxics reach that level, regardless of other skills or contributions they make.

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Marine Corps Wants 'Toxic Leadership Test' to Aid Promotion Decisions

Marine Corps Wants 'Toxic Leadership Test' to Aid Promotion Decisions | Toxic Leadership | Scoop.it
The test the Corps wants would be given to Marines who are re-enlisting, when they take on more significant leadership roles.
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I sure hope they start at the top and work down through the ranks instead of from the bottom up. A toxic sergeant is a problem, while a toxic colonel (or higher) is a catastrophe.
 
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The Dark Side of Leadership

The Dark Side of Leadership | Toxic Leadership | Scoop.it
When expressed in the extreme, positive leadership traits can become dark and overbearing. Find out what to look out for so your teams don't experience your
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Much of what leads to destructive leadership are strengths that are not balanced. With bright light comes dark shadows. That drive toward task accomplishment that is so valued in organizations can be destructive if it is not balanced by relationship-oriented behavior. 
 
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How to Recognize Toxic Leadership

How to Recognize Toxic Leadership | Toxic Leadership | Scoop.it
Toxic leaders have a negative impact and their high-profile status means their negativity reaches beyond their team. Here is how to recognize toxic leadership.
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This list is but a start. It is the negative impact on the organization that makes leaders "toxic." Good leaders add value, they do not detract from the good work of the organization.
 
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Telstra: Where management sits idle on a toxic culture

Telstra: Where management sits idle on a toxic culture | Toxic Leadership | Scoop.it
For the longest time, I have remained silent on my experiences working with Telstra. Fear of retribution, loss of income, or worse have, until now, stopped me from taking greater action for myself. And now a
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As a rule, HR is not on your side. It is on the side of the company. A mismatch between mission and resources combined with an overemphasis on a limited number of success metrics can lead to a toxic brew. 
 
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Leadership Insight : Who Is A Toxic Leader?

Leadership Insight : Who Is A Toxic Leader? | Toxic Leadership | Scoop.it
Are toxic leaders the reason for bad leadership? ...the answer might be yes or no...but either ways, toxicity in leadership is not encouraging.
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More of a kitchen sink description of ways to be a toxic leader rather than a definition. They may or may not be one or all of these. In particular, a toxic leader can be highly competent and still treat others without dignity or respect. I prefer to classify them as toxic based on the negative impact they have on the organization. 
 
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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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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 Micromanager Boss: Straight Talk for Law Enforcement - Law Officer

Toxic Micromanager Boss: Straight Talk for Law Enforcement - Law Officer | Toxic Leadership | Scoop.it
This month’s article is the second in our leadership series regarding Toxic Bosses in Law Enforcement. Micromanagers are obsessed with control. Fear of failure is the driving force in their world. They worry that unless they regulate every aspect of the environment, the serenity of their existence will be destroyed. Micromanagers in law enforcement are …
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It is good to see additional work being done on toxic leadership in law enforcement organizations. 
 
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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 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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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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The Impact of Destructive Leadership on Senior Military Officers and Civilian EmployeesArmed Forces & Society - George E. Reed, R. Craig Bullis, 2009

This article examines negative or destructive leadership behaviors experienced by high-potential senior military officers and civilian employees. The stud
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