Toxic Leaders and Bosses - Lipman-Blumen

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Saskia Constantinou
Journalist, Cyprus
Have you had to deal with a toxic boss? Someone who makes your life a misery? Someone who hounds you and who seems determined to make it miserable enough for you to say –“Ok you win, I’m leaving!” The truth is that you are not leaving your job, you are actually leaving the boss. Leadership expert and author Jean Lipman-Blumen defines a "toxic leader" as: "an individual who, by virtue of his/her destructive [toxic] behaviors and dysfunctional [toxic] personal qualities, inflicts serious and enduring harm on individuals, groups, organizations, communities and nations that they lead". She states in her book “The Allure of Toxic Leaders” that “we commonly accept toxic leaders because we fear that we are incapable of overthrowing such strong figures all by ourselves.” Interestingly, she doesn’t place all the blame on the leadership, but rather on the followers who enable these misguided leaders to rise in power. Lipman-Blumen highlights political leaders such as Adolf Hitler and Chai (...) Read more? Sign up for free

  Jaap de Jonge
Editor, Netherlands

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