Poor Leadership, Or The More Widely Known Phrase “Toxic

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Poor leadership, or the more widely known phrase “toxic leadership”, has been a topic of concern throughout the history of the Army. The Army’s recently published leadership doctrine says that, “Army leaders motivate people both inside and outside the chain of command to pursue actions, focus thinking, and shape decisions for the greater good of the organization.” (ADP 6-22, 2012) There are many examples of leaders in recent years that have been relieved due to negative effects on their organizations. Poor leadership is commonly portrayed by telltale characteristics of those in leadership positions, revealed by detrimental effects on subordinates and mission accomplishment, and must be addressed through consistent education and…show more content…
A confident, proud leader may have a high ego, which is beneficial to inspiring a mass of Soldiers, but an inflated ego can prohibit criticism when the time comes and prevent change in oneself. According to Col. Williams, a deceptive leader may not be the worst type of leader, but their effects are still wide ranging. Deception is often rooted in a devotion to self in order to fulfill personal goals or desires while displaying a false sense of loyalty to the organization, unit, or Soldiers. Connecticut National Guard Brigadier General Eugene Mascolo was reprimanded as a result of an investigation where over 15 senior officers negatively portrayed him with words such as “dictatorial” and “unglued” (Whitlock, 2014). During Hurricane Irene, BG Mascolo was unable to handle the stressful operation with an inexperienced staff and reverted to a primitive style of leadership in order to achieve his desired results. A commander with the Army Corps of Engineers, Brigadier General Scott Donahue, was described as “exhibiting paranoia” (Whitlock, 2014) throughout his staff and even caused one of his officers to submit a formal request to transfer to Iraq as a result of the hostile environment. Results of the investigation revealed that BG Donahue came into a poor command climate and did not realize the discontent until conducting a climate survey. BG Donahue was relieved of his position for failing to foster a healthy command climate after that time. The

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