Think you might be dealing with a toxic boss? This flow chart might help you find out.
Working life has been hard enough over the past 12 months, and the last thing you need is a boss who makes it worse. According to Resume.io, a toxic boss can negatively impact the quality of your immediate work, but can also have long-term effects on your career.
“Your work stalls and your options narrow, because dealing with a toxic boss drains the energy and positivity you need to seek better employment,” it says.
Resume.io references advice from Barbara Kellerman, a research director at Harvard University and the author of Bad Leadership. Kellerman said: “Bad leaders are more similar to good leaders than they are different.” According to Kellerman, both good and bad leaders are intelligent and have high levels of energy, a strong drive for power and achievement, decisiveness and determination.
All of this means that it can be hard to know whether the actions of your boss could be considered toxic or not, or whether they are at fault. To help, Resume.io has created a flow chart to help you identify a toxic boss, as well as an infographic with tips on what to do.
The flow chart is based on Kellerman’s categories of bad leadership. For example, it asks whether you believe your boss is “surrounded by a team of ‘yes people’ who never express disagreement”.
If you’d agree with that statement, the flow chart suggests that you might have an “intemperate boss” who people are wary of provoking.
Other categories include insular leadership, where your boss might take a promotion even though it will mean redundancies for some of your team, and callous leadership, where your boss might say something insensitive in response to a team member’s problem.
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