Toxic Leadership Essay

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Leadership is that process in which one person sets the purpose or direction for one or more other persons and gets them to move along together with him or her and with each other in that direction with competence and full commitment (Elliott, 2009). Leadership is supposed to guide people to attain a particular set vision. Motivation is fundamental in the process of leadership as if there is no motivation there will be laxity among the people involved. It is also a critical scenario for leadership to have followers; this will infer a relationship between leaders and followers (Frank, 2003). Emotions of a leader are so important in this aspect of leadership. It is through emotions that the leader will be categorized as ‘toxic’ or…show more content…
Those leaders that are frequently nervous, annoyed and irritated can be emotionally toxic leaders. Many leaders from this category are often overwhelmed by these negative emotions and they cannot even be aware of the negative consequences they produce (Goleman, 2005).

1. Toxic leadership A toxic leader can be defined as leader motivated by egocentrism, self-interest and show no concern for those below him, and his actions negatively affect the organizational climate. They exalt themselves in turf protection, fighting and controlling their followers instead of uplifting them. Toxic leaders are very destructive and they only focus on short term accomplishments and they destroy their followers to achieve those objectives. Their decisions are made hasty and they change their decisions without any justified rationale. Mostly, they lazy around only to make hasty decisions when it is too late and the crisis is already in place. Such decisions have no time to be thought over and therefore, they are continuously changed throughout implementation so as to work effectively and may even be altered completely thereby making the whole process messy (Seeger, 2005). According to Lipman-Blumen, toxic leadership is also influenced by the type of followers a leader has. Followers limit the leadership qualities of a leader when they become unruly and rebellious prompting him to act arrogantly and rude. He points out that leaders are human and are imperfect
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