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Medium: 7 Ways Leaders Contribute to a Toxic Workplace Environment

15 Dec 2022
Toxic work environments are unfortunately all too common. And while it’s easy to place blame on individual employees, often the root cause of the toxicity can be traced back to the leaders of the organization.

Originally found at Medium

In this article, we’re going to discuss how leaders contribute to the toxic work environment and what can we do to fix it.

What causes toxic leadership?

In today’s workplace, leaders have a tremendous impact on the environment. Unfortunately, leaders can also create and maintain a toxic workplace if they lack the skills to lead their team effectively.

According to the article published in the journal of the Academy of Management Perspectives, Vol. 20, №1, The Good, the Bad, and the Misguided: How Managers Inadvertently Encourage Deviant Behaviors, Barrie E. Litzky, Kimberly A. Eddleston and Deborah L. Kidder found that even relatively modest levels of toxic behavior can cause major organizational cost, including client loss, loss of employee morale, increased turnover, and loss of legitimacy among important internal and external stakeholders.

Toxic workplaces are defined by unhealthy behaviors, such as bullying, harassment, and discrimination. These behaviors can lead to a decrease in motivation, productivity, and morale, as well as an increase in stress, anxiety, and health issues.

In Alan Goldman’s book, Transforming Toxic Leaders, he points out that toxicity is a fact of corporate life. Toxic leaders are often the result of a complex combination of personal and organizational issues. Understanding the root cause of the toxic behavior is essential to resolving the problems.

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