Recognizing Toxic Management and Crushing It

By eweek  |  Posted 2005-05-03 Print this article Print

Opinion: It takes a lot of decent managers to create a good organization. But it only takes one talented, toxic manager to ruin an organization. (

With the job market a little healthier in most regions than it has been in four years, its time to gird your loins and participate in a dangerous but useful workplace sport: purging the toxic waste among you. While only a small minority of all the managers in large American organizations, the presence of Toxies (toxic people) in leadership positions is far more common than it should be, and dealing with the situation can be a bloodbath.
The word toxic has taken on a lot of meanings, and more widespread use of it has made its definition fuzzy