excerpts from The Devil Wears Prada: The Toxic Executive, June 2007, by
ANDREW CASSIDY & DR. KATRINA BURRUS MCC, CORPORATE & EXECUTIVE COACHES
What is the difference between a powerful leader and a toxic one? Powerful leaders are demanding and brilliant professionals, but so are most high-performing, toxic ones! But a conversation with a powerful leader leaves you energized by an inspiring model, empowered to be the best you can be. The toxic executive leaves you feeling humiliated.
Toxic executives seek authoritarian control -- by bullying, giving insufficient direction, refusing to admit to errors, and quickly attacking, even bending the rules…
Ironically, toxic executives are often either protected, or not adequately dealt with, by their superiors. Because toxic executives are high achievers, and usually produce outstanding results without having groomed a successor, their own bosses and organizations might find themselves in a bind if the toxic executive were to leave. The toxic executive may leave behind him a team that is lacking confidence, no longer used to taking risks, and fearful of asking for direction.