Sat in on the session Understanding the Origins of Destructive Leadership with Leo Kant this morning. It was a good reminder that leading in your project or organization or wherever is more than just doing more of the good stuff – you really have to beware of the bad. It seems one bad move can overwhelm many demonstrations of good leadership. Yes indeed, bad leadership leads a life of its own, it can co-exist with the good and still do its damage, because they are simply not on the same scale.
Leo called destructive leadership repeated bad behavior that violates the interest and objectives of the organization and/or the motivation, well-being or job satisfaction of subordinates. (major paraphrase)
He also noted that most leaders engage in both quite commonly. So if you missed the session, check it out on video, or at least be aware that the research shows there’s more to being a good leader than just being a good leader.