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How to survive a toxic boss

I’m second guessing myself and I don’t trust my judgement anymore

I believe my boss thinks I add zero value and my motivation has dried up

I’ve started looking for other roles


We wrote recently about the problem of toxic leaders.

If this resonated with you, we have some concrete advice for tackling what often feels like an impossible situation.

Toxic leaders come in all shapes and sizes, but they inevitably share five characteristics:

  • They are self-interested rather than concerned with your needs or other people’s wellbeing.
  • They lack integrity. That is, they deny statements they made; break commitments given; and bend or break rules to suit themselves.
  • They pursue short-term ends rather than a deeper purpose or strategic goals.
  • They are often politically savvy. Toxic leaders are frequently skilled in managing upwards and in self-promotion.
  • They are deaf to feedback, and may be hostile and vengeful.

Understanding these personality features is a useful part of your survival guide. Since toxic leaders are primarily concerned with their own wants and needs your priority is to pay attention to your wellbeing.

How to survive a toxic boss