Book Tarnished : toxic leadership in the U.S. military / George E. Reed.
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Call Number UB210 .R395 2015
Media class: Book
Publisher: Lincoln [Nebraska] : Potomac Books
ISBN: 9781612347233 1612347231
Extent: xii, 203 pages ; 23 cm
"Leadership is central to the identity of the U.S. military. Service academies and pre-commissioning processes stress the development of conscientious leaders of character as a raison d'etre. Doctrinal publications and professional journal articles focus on various aspects of leadership. In most of those publications, leadership is expressed as a universally positive notion, a solution to problems, and something to be developed through an extensive and costly system of professional military education. While bad or toxic leadership, abusive supervision, and petty tyranny in organizations have been of perennial interest in the corporate and public sectors, there has been relatively sparse focus on its scope and nature in the military. Tarnished: Toxic Leadership in the U.S. Military rectifies that lack of attention by focusing on extant and emerging literature to define and suggest possible solutions that are appropriate to the military context. Throughout, author and leadership expert George E. Reed is less interested in the reason why toxic leaders behave as they do and more concerned with the phenomenon from an organizational level of analysis drawn from individual experiences. Tarnished makes the case that quality of leadership is an important yet insufficiently studied area of inquiry and that there is a detrimental impact on military formations that justify additional measures to militate against the impact of toxic leadership. Furthermore, Reed draws upon correspondence, discussions, focus groups, surveys, interviews, as well as empirical research to assert how system dynamics and military culture contribute to the problem. Finally, and most importantly, the book focuses on providing advice and insights to those suffering from a toxic leader, educators developing tomorrow's military leaders, and military administrators working to revamp the current system"-- Publisher's description.
Nature and scope of toxic leadership -- Impact of toxic leadership -- Creating and sustaining toxic leaders -- The role of narcissism in toxic leadership -- Toxic leadership and sexual misconduct -- Surviving a toxic leader -- Toxic coworkers -- Mitigating toxic leadership.