The battle between world leaders is being fought on a razor’s edge. The polls point in two directions and every self-respecting individual looks with great bewilderment at the persistence with which Putin expresses the caricature he has become of himself.

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Opinion • When our society gives a platform to toxic leaders

July 20, 2022

The battle between world leaders is being fought on a razor’s edge. The polls point in two directions and every self-respecting individual looks with great bewilderment at the persistence with which Putin expresses the caricature he has become of himself.

“He is the prototype of the toxic leader and, based on his impactful role, a real threat to our society,” say Frank De Mey and Stephan Soens, both Partners at Accord Group Belgium, subsidiary of VALPEO, a leadership advisory firm.

The American writer, professor and consultant in the field of organizational theory Peter Drucker sees toxic leadership as a process in which leaders cause serious and lasting damage through their destructive behavior and/or dysfunctional personality traits, both to their ‘non-followers’ and ultimately to their ‘followers’ and their own organization(s).

Toxic leaders are reprehensible to those who have to endure their actions without accepting them and often heroes to others for whom they have created the ‘illusion of something to hold on to’ and a reason to exist.

Article in Dutch

Lees het volledige artikel in De Tijd – Tijd Connect • ‘Opinie: wanneer onze samenleving een podium geeft aan toxische leiders • Met Stephan Soens, Partner VALPEO en Frank De Mey, Partner VALPEO

About Stephan Soens

Stephan Soens is Partner at VALPEO. He is a trusted assessment advisor & coach with more than 30 years of experience in recruiting and coaching various profiles in the most diverse sectors, from middle management to top executives. ​

About Frank De Mey

Frank De Mey is a partner and co-founder of Accord Group. Before that, he completed an 8-year career as a consultant at CERM and 15 years as founding partner of Fiers & De Mey.

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