Thursday, January 9, 2014

And, this NEWS FLASH from the Army !!

In 2012, the Army revised its leadership bible, Army Doctrine Publication 6-22, to detail what toxic leadership means for the first time.

"Toxic leadership is a combination of self-centered attitudes, motivations, and behaviors that have adverse effects on subordinates, the organization, and mission performance. This leader lacks concern for others and the climate of the organization, which leads to short- and long-term negative effects. The toxic leader operates with an inflated sense of self-worth and from acute self-interest. Toxic leaders consistently use dysfunctional behaviors to deceive, intimidate, coerce, or unfairly punish others to get what they want for themselves. The negative leader completes short-term requirements by operating at the bottom of the continuum of commitment, where followers respond to the positional power of their leader to fulfill requests. This may achieve results in the short term, but ignores the other leader competency categories of leads and develops. Prolonged use of negative leadership to influence followers undermines the followers' will, initiative, and potential and destroys unit morale."

Full NPR story is HERE.

Based on a FOIA request, I am guessing that the Navy definition is pending the results of an ongoing investigation.

And you may recall this from 2011


Anonymous said...

I was sitting next to a career educator while I listened to the NPR story this past week. Her response was that the Army doesn't have a complete picture yet. What they are calling 'Toxic leadership' is really bullying and it is not limited to senior-subordinate relationships. Peer/peer group bullying can be just as damaging if not more so to individuals/organizations.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a lot of the Army officers I worked with.

Anonymous said...

I agree. It is called bullying and I know because I have been subjected to it at a previous work place. I started reading the blog post and recognized it immediatly. It was as if the text was written to describe the leadership situation at the company where I worked.
Great that the public finally seems to have become aware of toxic leadership and it's consequenses.


LCDRLDO/6440 said...

SWO community comes to mind.

Anonymous said...

And, Hawaii.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous at 8:58,

What I know for sure: NOT HAWAII. No way!

And believe you me, that coming from me carries validity.

Anonymous said...

It comes to mind. Really it does. Aloha and Mahalo - the twins.