Monthly Archives: June 2014

Early Detection of Toxic Leaders

How can you tell if your organization has toxic leaders? While signs of manipulation and lack of empathy are obvious, often nobody speaks up until it’s too late. Toxic leaders have been responsible for numerous horrific business failures in the last few decades: Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling at Enron, Dennis Kozlowski at Tyco International […]
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Toxic Leaders: Can Coaching Fix Bad Boss Behaviors?

Have you ever worked for a toxic leader, someone you think of as manipulative, two-faced, untrustworthy, and selfish? “Toxic leaders cast their spell broadly. Most of us claim we abhor them. Yet we frequently follow — or at least tolerate — them.” ~ Jean Lipman-Blumen, The Allure of Toxic Leaders (Oxford University Press, 2004) Lately […]
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3 Keys to Managing Your Leadership Ego

On a scale from one to ten, how healthy is your leadership ego? Let’s say 10 is out-of-control, and a one is just too wimpy. Leaders have big egos, it’s part of what makes them strong leaders. Yet some leaders maintain egos that are healthier than others. Ultimately, it’s up to each of us to […]
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Leadership Strengths: A Strong Ego Is a Good Thing

When it comes to leadership strengths and advantages, there’s a big difference between leaders with strong, healthy egos and those with big egos. Titrated properly, ego is inherently positive, providing a necessary level of confidence and ambition. If we know how to use it effectively and manage it well, it’s a powerful asset. Ego drives […]
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Is Your Ego an Asset or Liability?

How do you know if your ego is driving success or driving you toward derailment? Companies can be populated with talented, high-IQ people with no shortage of vision, education, experience or good intentions, yet they may still have an undercurrent of out-of-control egos responsible for huge losses in productivity and profits. I’m re-reading David Marcum […]
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10 Signs You Have a Big Ego

Have you ever tried to calculate the cost of big egos in your organization? Right. Difficult to do, but there’s no denying that leaders who are driven by their big egos, greed, and thirst for power often make costly decisions corporations have to pay for. Fifty-three percent of businesspeople estimate ego costs their company 6 […]
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Toxic Leaders: Is It Us or Them?

How can you tell if your boss is a toxic leader, or you just can’t stand him? It’s built into our brains: we automatically sort people into “like us” or “not like us.” This rapid-fire judgment is instinctive and intuitive, based on a cocktail of discernible sensory differences the second we face another person. The […]
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Bad Bosses at the Office: 4 Common Personality Disorders

Not every bad boss is a psychopath or someone with a personality disorder (although some of the stories I hear certainly make me wonder.) Most bosses aren’t mentally ill in spite of what employees perceive as horrible behaviors. But the many stories people tell me as a coach lead me to believe we’re seeing a […]
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