Effective Toxic Leadership vs Pleiotropic Leadership (Demystifying Dark Transformational Leaders Session 3)
Demystifying Dark Transformational Leaders with Dr. Cecelia Martin.
There is clearly a distinction between Transformational Leaders and other types of leaders. Affectionately known as Transformers, these powerful change agents ignite organizations to accomplish extraordinary outcomes that transcend the monotony of day-to-day operations. Transformers accomplish the mission, move others into action, and inspire the hearts and minds of many with grand and compelling visions. However, transformers can exemplify the best of leadership and the worst of leadership. When operating from the dark side of charisma, Transformers can become the single catalyst to derailing a company’s success, their impact can be catastrophic. Instead of ignoring or dismissing these dark traits, we can learn to recognize and mitigate the signs of toxicity in Transformers and use it as an opportunity to embed accountability and bring balance to the pressures that come with power and authority.
Session 3: Effective Toxic Leadership vs Pleiotropic Leadership
Contextual balance is crucial to understanding effective toxic leaders, which would support balance to studies that are bias and distorted. Inadequacies and incompetency do not necessarily translate into bad or toxic leadership as the literature might suggest, neither does poor judgment. Many great leaders have experienced challenges, but they are often able to reflect and change course. Some leaders are misinformed, lacking knowledge, and therefore made poor decisions. However, there is something different to be said about leaders who lead with venom, manipulate followers for personal gain, and knowingly commit crimes. Toxic leaders exhibit traits that influence and germinate negatively like a virus; whereas, the behaviors of pleiotropic leaders are consistent, but the results are extremely positive or extremely negative outcomes, at the opposite ends of the spectrum, with very little shades of grey.
Martin, Cecelia, "Effective Toxic Leadership vs Pleiotropic Leadership (Demystifying Dark Transformational Leaders Session 3)" (2021). Leadership Center Events. 6.