Alan Goldman


On his book Transforming Toxic Leaders

Cover Interview of January 14, 2010

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“Healing the dark side of highly complex organizations.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“Leaders with lower levels of toxicity and a mild dose of hyperactivity, narcissism, or antisocial behavior may exhibit some extremely positive and super-functional behaviors, such as extraordinary levels of energy, elevated passion, and a tendency to be highly innovative. The very disorders that implode leaders and destroy organizations may also provide, in ‘lower doses,’ a creative, innovative, and obsessive edge to those who fall on the milder side of the spectrum of toxicity.”

On the second:

“Emotionally intelligent leadership techniques elicit far more positive employee responses, lower the incidences of grievance and lawsuits, and provide an antidote to the employee perception of widespread abuse.”