Category Archives: Toxic Leadership

How NOT to Lead – Six Lessons from Breaking Bad’s Walter White

I’m a fan of the television show Breaking Bad. If you’re not familiar with it, the show chronicles the transformation of Walter White (played by Bryan Cranston) from a mild-mannered, milquetoast high-school chemistry teacher who “breaks bad” and turns into … Continue reading

Posted in Authenticity, Connectedness, Ethics, Greed, Honesty, Integrity, Leadership, Narcissism, Power, Toxic Leadership, Trust | 10 Comments

Six Ways You’re a Workplace Bully Without Even Realizing It

Bullying has been on primetime display this week as basketball coach Mike Rice was fired from his head coaching job at Rutgers after a leaked practice video showed him pushing, grabbing, throwing balls at players, and cursing them with gay … Continue reading

Posted in Bullying, Ego, Emotions, Fear, Integrity, Leadership, Management, Power, Relationships, Self-Control, Sports, Toxic Leadership, Trust Busters | 20 Comments

So You Want to Be a Manager? Part II – Five Wrong Reasons for Becoming a Manager

It’s important to be motivated by the right reasons if you’re considering a move into management. As I wrote about last week, the nature of managerial work is vastly different from that of an individual contributor, and if you’re motivated … Continue reading

Posted in Leadership, Management, Toxic Leadership | 8 Comments

Ten Signs You Might Be A Frankenboss

Frankenboss – noun; 1. A mean boss that terrorizes his or her employees; 2. A boss whose behavior closely resembles that of a half-brained monster; 3. A jerk. With Halloween just three days away, I told my wife that I … Continue reading

Posted in Body Language, Communication, Conflict, Control, Ego, Emotions, Feedback, Leadership, Morale, Motivation, Professionalism, Relationships, Servant Leadership, Toxic Leadership, Trust | 22 Comments

Memo to Leaders: Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself

Memorandum To: Leaders Everywhere From: A Fellow Sojourner Subject: Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself Dear fellow leaders, It has come to my attention that we are our own worst enemies. The lack of our effectiveness and success is primarily … Continue reading

Posted in Ego, Integrity, Leadership, Power, Toxic Leadership, Values | 23 Comments