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By | November 18, 2020

How to Survive a Toxic Leader: Lessons from Swimming with Sharks

  How can you defend yourself as a target of a toxic leader? In the early 1800s Voltaire Cousteau, an obscure French author, penned an essay on how to survive swimming with sharks, apparently for the benefit of sponge...

By | November 18, 2020

What Are the Best Methods for Detoxing a Toxic Leader?

In a previous post, I presented toxic leaders exist because the organizational culture tolerates and enables them. If that is the case, then detoxing the toxic leader involves much more than simple corrective action, performance counseling, or dismissal. As...

By | November 18, 2020

Why Do Toxic Leaders Exist?

In their book, Toxic Workplace: Toxic Personalities and their Systems of Power, Kusy and Holloway clearly present toxic personalities exist in organizations because the culture of the organization tolerates and enables them.[i] Similar to the conditions of a garden...

By | November 18, 2020

Behavioral Patterns of the Toxic Leader

  I am often asked, “How do toxic leaders become so powerful? Everyone knows how abusive they are. How do they get away with it?” Truly, toxic leaders have a detrimental effect on the members of an organization –...