Toxic leadership has become a label attributed to many forms of poor or negative leadership. The talk aims to draw out the subtleties of toxic leadership through analysis of the leader, the environment and the follower. Whilst the presentation focuses on why the military is susceptible to leaders that are considered to be toxic, many of the issues covered have far greater resonance.
John joined the Army in 1997 as a graduate in history. He was commissioned into the Royal Signals and has served in a wide variety of communication units, including several operational deployments in Macedonia, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan. He has fallen out of planes, provided close support on the front line and operated at the strategic level. It has been his honour and privilege to lead Royal Signals and Queen Gurkha Signals Soldiers and Officers at various levels of command.
He gained a masters degree in Defence Studies whilst attending the Advanced Command and Staff Course and is currently studying for a masters in Information Capability Management. It was during his studies at the United Kingdom’s Defence Academy that he analysed and wrote his paper on toxic leadership in the military.