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OSU Leadership Center

College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences


FIRST RUN FRIDAYS The Dark Side of Leadership: How to Avoid Being a Toxic Leader online

Mar 27, 2020, 9:00am - 12:00pm
Thursday, March 19, 2020
$50 ($180 for all 4 workshops)
Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Building 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus, OH 43210
Beth Flynn

We have all seen examples of toxic leaders, either in the media or in our personal lives. Together, let’s dig deeper and pinpoint those characteristics to further define toxic leadership. Then, we can ask ourselves how do we avoid becoming one? How may our actions effect the people around us?

The US Army defines a toxic leader as one who has a self-centered attitude, motivations, and behaviors that can be detrimental to their followers and the organization.

It is easy to look inward and with a top-down approach. However, how could the script be changed if we view it from a bottom-up approach? What strategies could we implement in order to avoid earning this negative title to our name?


  • Define toxic leadership
  • Learn the characteristics of toxic leaders
  • Develop strategies to avoid being a toxic leader

Beth Flynn is facilitating this workshop