Toxic Leadership within the United States Army The company I will be researching is one of the oldest organizations known to man, the United States Army. The United States Army began in 1775. The United States Army has been the primary land based part of the United States Armed Forces. The Army's main responsibility has been in fighting land battles and military occupation (United States History, 2018). The US Army has been in numerous, most recently the war in Afghanistan. Why do you think the United States Army has been so successful in every war over the years? The answer is simple because of great Non Commissioned Officers (NCOs) or Leaders. NCOs are the backbone of the Army and inherit great responsibility. Although the most NCOs are great leaders some fall short of the standard, those leaders are consider Toxic Leaders, these toxic leaders can and have created major organizational issues for the Army. Daniel Zwerdling explains in his article titled “Army Takes On Its Own Toxic Leaders" that "toxic leaders" that toxic leaders are the kind of bosses who make their Soldiers miserable. Can you image working for leader that makes you day to day job miserable? As a Soldier if you are not motivated because your workplace moral is down due to a toxic leader that could lead unsuccessful missions or in the worst case, someone losing their life. But what does Toxic Leadership truly mean in a more detailed view? David Sloan Wilson explains exactly what toxic leadership is and explains exactly how toxic leadership is creates problems for the Army. David
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