Are you a toxic leader and perhaps don't know or don't think you are? Find out by taking the TLS
There are more toxic leaders leading today than you might
think. There are three possibilities. 1) You are a toxic leader, know it,
and are allowing the Holy Spirit and those you lead to facilitate change in
your life and ministry, 2) You are a toxic leader and don’t know it or
don’t think you are. 3) You are a healthy leader and are aware of toxic
attitudes and behaviors and are prayerfully watching for it in your life.
Dan Rockwell will help us take a Toxic Leader Score (TLS).
Your Toxic Leader Score*
(TLS) is the level of unnecessary irritation you cause others. If you
occasionally irritate colleagues by arriving late, you’re a 3 on a
range from 1 to 10.
If you frequently
irritate colleagues, but
don’t realize it, your TLS is 9. The worst leaders don’t know
to elevate your Toxic Leader Score:
1.Make everything about results. “Relationships are for babies
2.Minimize or ignore emotion and energy. “Just do your job!”
3.Change course in mid-stream without preparing people or
4.Complain more than affirm and compliment.
5.Devalue progress. When someone makes progress, remind them
they have far to go.
6.Set long-term goals – ignore short-term wins.
7.Focus on fixing weaknesses, rather than maximizing
8.Be a know-it-all.
10.Believe it’s all
about the money.
Leadership is more than
vision and strategy. It’s also inspiration. Your unscientific
Inspiration Score (IS) is your ability to tap the power of happiness.
to elevate your Inspiration Score:
1.Dedicate yourself to building positive energy
most powerful thing you do is create positive environments where people
love coming to work.
2.Show respect. If
you want people to act like owners, stop treating them like slaves.
3.Be decisive with openness.
oAdapt as you go.
4.Trust people. Meddlers and micro-managers top the Toxic
5.Ask questions, gently. Questions feel like interrogations when all you
care about are results.
6.Make work about them, not you. Help people get where they want to
7.Give helpful feedback.
8.Practice open handed generosity.
9.Pat people on the back, literally. Touch energizes. But,
don’t lay your hand on people.
collaboratively. Set high standards and figure out how to reach them
behaviors make leaders toxic?
behaviors make leaders inspirational?
*TLS is an unscientific
scale created for this post.