In the military, few actions have more serious implications than relief for cause and removal of primary duties—employee termination or reassignment in civilian parlance. Unfortunately, those implications often discourage top leaders from pursuing these actions, even when they are clearly warranted. This has far-reaching and enduring consequences, especially when the toxic leader gets a pass and is allowed to go on to serve in higher ranks. Too much is at stake to allow caustic leaders to remain in organizations unchecked.
Take on the Toxic Leader
By Captain Greg Stump, U.S. Coast Guard
Toxic leaders are poisonous, bad, and/or harmful to an organization or group and cannot be allowed to survive, much less thrive. Individuals who fall into this category often are unable to evolve, even with coaching, mentoring, and counseling. When attempts at change fail, a more sobering approach is required.