Preventing Toxic Leadership Through Professional Military Education
Technical Report,01 Aug 2018,14 Jun 2019
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS FORT LEAVENWORTH United States
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Toxic leadership continues to plague the U.S. Army and other services, even though there are multiple publications written on leadership expectations. This thesis asks, if through the education at CGSOC, toxic leadership can be mitigated in the future Field Grade Officers. To do so this thesis uses the toxic triangle as a methodology to analyze a case study of a former Battalion Commander that was relieved of command after a 15-6 investigation deemed them a toxic leader and they created a negative command climate. This thesis makes two recommendations to help mitigate toxic leadership with education through CGSOC. First, a larger portion of the curriculum of CGSOC should focus on toxic leadership, the followers and environments that support it by integrating elements of the toxic triangle. Second, is to expand leadership doctrine to include a more in depth discussion on toxic leadership and how it effects organizations, to include examples. This thesis closes with a discussion on obstacles hindering the use of the toxic triangle in CGSOC.
- Administration and Management
- Military Forces and Organizations