Describe a situation from your personal work experience (do not disclose specific names) in which you encountered a toxic leader. Describe the traits that qualify this leader as “toxic” and indicate how the situation could be different if this individual applied the concepts of conscious leadership.
Northouse, P. G. (2019). Leadership: Theory and practice (8th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. ISBN-13: 9781506362311
Requirements: 200 words
A toxic leader is a person in power who misuses his authority by expressing selfishness and considers his own self-interest first before that of his employees and the company at large. Most of these leaders with such traits are destructive to members of the organization and leave the organization in a condition worse than it was (Northouse, 2019). In my previous workplace, I encountered a toxic leader who contributed significantly to the unhealthy workplace. Most employees were scared to speak up about their issues or ideas that could help the company achieve its goals. This is because, during meetings where employees were expected to offer suggestions that would be helpful to the company, the leader would quickly dismiss any opinions given by employees. This made most of us fear the leader and choose to keep any ideas or feedback to ourselves.