Toxic Leadership: An Endemic?

Updated: Nov 13, 2019

I can't stop thinking about yesterday. I can't stop thinking about the number of people who shared they reported to a toxic leader at some point in their career. And I certainly cannot stop thinking about the stories I heard from these individuals. Stories of job stress, hospitalization, careers stymied, sleeplessness, anxiety, distrust, and the list goes on and on. See, yesterday I presented for my first time on my dissertation research-and my true passion-toxic leadership. I engaged with over 100 people who wanted (and needed) to talk about their experiences with toxic leaders. So many people that I was asked to hold two sessions -both completely full. And those individuals in attendance, almost all reported having worked for or with a toxic leader in their career. And yet... we do not talk about this. We rarely talk about a bad manager or leader who impacted us negatively. Instead, we are encouraged to move on because it's work. And we all know work shouldn't impact us emotionally, right?? (insert sarcasm here in case it was missed.)

Today, I wonder if toxic leadership is endemic? Endemics are diseases that spread, usually rapidly, over people in a certain area. Are we to the point in our society that toxicity spreads rapidly in leaders? And if so...what are we going to do about it?

I can share with you, I do plan to do something about this and vow to be part of the solution. Today's musings...captured in this extremely informal blog....will be the start of more substantial blogs, articles, and discussions about toxic leadership. I hope you will join me in my journey to bring awareness to this toxic leadership phenomenon...or potentially even endemic.

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