Our breakfast series seek to provide an opportunity for networking through a collaborative learning environment. Delivered in a concentrated format, these sessions are perfect for the busy professional seeking to build on their existing career skills and knowledge in a practical way.

If you are interested in the topic of leadership, are seeking to build leadership capacity in yourself and your organisation, then this is an ideal starting point. This session is for aspiring leaders, those in leadership positions, and for teams seeking to create more meaning in their work.

Toxicity in a workplace is an undesirable situation and is one that requires us to challenge how we respond to leadership.

Toxic leadership encompasses multiple variables making it difficult to define and perhaps even more challenging to observe. Toxicity exists on a spectrum, it is not necessarily black or white.

Our views of toxicity are often based on our relative position and perspective. While toxicity may be a perception, the evidence of toxic leadership is reflected in the behaviours of followers, teams, and leaders. Behaviours may be reinforced through organisational systems, while others relate to individual needs.

Toxic leaders that act out of self-interest may still appear attractive to followers. Leaders are encouraged to examine how they are contributing to a toxic environment.

A key role for a leader is to build trust and cultivate a positive culture, this may require challenging poor behaviours early, being open and transparent. Regularly checking with follower’s feelings and having compassion can enhance a leader’s influence for positive change.

Key points:

  • Introduction to toxic and destructive leadership
  • Is good leadership important?
  • Why do people follow bad leaders?
  • Dominant types of toxic leaders
  • Strategies to handle the toxic leader
  • Is your leader really toxic or just misunderstood?

Learning outcomes

  1. Gain an appreciation for the subtleties of toxic leadership,
  2. Learn how toxic and destructive leaders behave,
  3. Identify methods to respond positively to a toxic leader.