IDENTIFYING TOXIC LEADERSHIP BEHAVIORS AND TOOLS TO FACILITATE THEIR DISCOVERY
AIR WAR COLLEGE, AIR UNIVERSITY MAXWELL AFB
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Through a qualitative approach, both aggressive and passive toxic leadership in the United States military can be identified through specific, observable events before a unit suffers from significant mission failure, becomes destroyed or personnel are permanently damaged. A case study of toxic military leaders, and discussion aided by a focus group with over 183 years of experience, determined that the differences in passive and aggressive toxic leadership mostly lie in transparency, while the impacts and intentions of both remain the same. Toxic events or traits may be observed at the subordinate, peer and supervisory levels. A modification of the current 360-Degree Assessment and unit climate survey programs can provide access to the observable traits for supervisors awareness of potential toxic leadership situations.
- Administration and Management
- Military Forces and Organizations