Toxic Leadership: Why Smart Leaders Behave Badly and A New Approach to Change Behavior

Date: March 10, 2017: 8:30 - 10:00 A.M. (networking 30 minutes before & after)

PLEASE NOTE: This session will be held in person at Schneider Electric, 200 N. Martingale in Schaumburg AND virtually for those unable to attend in person. Coffee will be served in the room.

Our Topic

Have you ever worked for a toxic leader, someone you think of mannipulative,controlling,
untrustworthy, and selfish? Or is it possible that others may describe you as having toxic leadership behaviors? The key question is, "Why is toxic leadership on the rise and what are individual and organizational solutions that buildand broaden a culture of respectful, inclusive and civil interaction?' What we all know is that most leaders are experiencing rapid change, and often chaos, in their organization, personal and/or community lives. Second, most leaders or their followers have not been taught or rewarded for treating people well. And thirdly, leadership is relationship-driven, so why do organizations tolerate toxic leaders, and just as important, how do you create a leadership culture that says It's Not About You- It's All About Them?

"Toxic leaders cast their spell broadly. Most of us claim we abhor them.
Yet we frequently follow - or at least tolerate - them." ~ Jean Lipman-Blumen,
The Allure of Toxic Leaders (Oxford University Press, 2004)

Marcia Whicker coined the phrase toxic leader in 1996 using the definition "a person who has responsibility over a group or an organization, and who abuses the leader-follower relationship"

This program will provide insights, reflection and activities to propose solutions on the following topics

  • What are the two questions people ask themselves when first meet their leader?
  • How Do You Spot an Emotionally Disengaged and Distracted Leader?
  • What can neuroscience teach us about toxic and healthy leadership habits?
  • What is the impact of stress on decision making, empathy and positive emotional contagion?
  • What is the one mistake toxic leaders make more frequently than others?"
  • How can a daily dose of mindfulness slow down the toxic brain?
  • What leadership development approaches REALLY change behavior?

You will receive an article on Toxic leadership along with a description of a small group forum approach that increases a leader's social attractiveness, vulnerability and reciprocity leading to positive permanent emotionally intelligent habits.

Our Speaker
Currently, Cynthia serves as Chief Learning Solution Officer, Liautaud Institute, University of Illinois Chicago, an ISO Managed, Positive Behavior Change Research Institute. She oversees global learning and talent development for The Institute's corporate, university and consultant partners.

Cynthia is also a Leadership Coach and Faculty member for ACHE since 2006, teaching the Leadership Development Program for healthcare executives. She has been a featured author is several Healthcare Executive magazines, and is the author of Smart2Smarter- Seven Smarter Emotions Every Employer Wants and Every Employee Needs along with other booksand white papers.

Cynthia holds a Master in Education, is a Board Certified Leadership and Talent Management Coach and has advanced certifications and pre doctoral education in organizational leadership. She designed and teaches a Board Certified Coach approved coaching course on Coaching SMART People, is a selected member of EmoNet, an international EQ scholars, and an assessment author and expert (formerly a REgional Consultant with CPP, Inc.) on the MBTI, EQ-i 2.0, FIRO-B, Organizational Culture Inventory and Conflict Dynamics Inventory. Cynthia's purpose is to build and broaden positive emotional connections that inspire community, meaning and empowerment.

Must register by 5 PM central time the day before the session.
Registration Fee $5

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