So what is at the core of toxic politics, the career destroying and backstabbing power plays? In the reviews I have conducted time and time again it comes back to the CEO, the leader who is either insecure or very poor at setting behavioural boundaries and then there are the corporate psychopaths who encourage this dysfunctional behaviour to camouflage their own weakness. I have also seen effective and strong leaders who set good boundaries for behaviour, who will not tolerate politics and who actively challenge behaviour in the executive team and across the organisation, creating a self- regulating environment.
The key to stamping out toxic politics is developing the leader, the CEO. Creating better understanding of their role and power in setting behavioural boundaries. Opening their eyes to reading the dynamics and coaching them to challenge this dysfunctional norm.