Three Toxic Leadership Habits To Avoid Before They Ruin Your Reputation and Damage Your Career

Wendy Scott
4 min readMar 5, 2022

Monday Morning Manager Series #5

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This article is part of The Monday Morning Manager Series for new leaders specifically those who went home on a Friday as a team member and came to work on Monday as a Manager. With no training.

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Toxic Leaders and Managers

After forty years in the workforce, I’ve seen my share of excellent leaders and toxic leaders too. Toxic leaders can do a massive amount of damage to their team and the organization they work for.

If you’re a leader or manager, certain habits can be toxic to your team. In this article, we’ll explore three of these habits and how they can impact your team’s morale and performance. By understanding these habits and how to avoid them, you can create a healthier and more productive work environment for everyone.

Toxic leadership habit one — “Poor credit history”

There’s nothing worse than a leader who takes credit for their team’s work. It undermines the team’s morale and shows a complete lack of respect for their efforts.

Leaders who take credit for their team’s work are simply looking to boost their egos, and it’s something that should be avoided at all costs.

When your team achieves a win, make sure that you let your line manager and other executives know who managed the project.

Your share of the glory is in overseeing the project and ensuring your team has everything they need to get their work done, including coaching from you.

No one likes a leader who doesn’t share the credit for work done. And when teams don’t like or trust their leader, they don’t support their leader when it matters.

Toxic leadership habit two — “Favorites”

Leaders who play favorites with their team create an unequal and often unfair playing field.

Wendy Scott

Brit in Auckland, L&D professional and leader. I can show you how to train people and help you be the sort of leader people want to follow.

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