Toxic Leadership: The Characteristics of Colluders

In the last article on toxic leadership, we delved into the characteristics of susceptible followers. In this article, Dr Paul Vorster looks a little more closely at colluders and differentiates them from susceptible followers by understanding their motivations and describing their behaviours.

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Toxic Leadership: Characteristics of susceptible followers

It is interesting that toxic leaders are able to entrench themselves so quickly in organisations. If we look at some toxic leaders from the past it becomes evident that these individuals could never have reached the heights of their power without a solid follower base and colluders who helped them to meet their goals and gain power.

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Not a headline

This is a “how-to” on keeping your organization's ethics problems out of the headlines - not by hiding them from view but by preventing them from getting big enough to be "newsworthy". 

 ©Frank J Navran

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15th Annual BEN-Africa Conference held in Stellenbosch

BEN-Africa held its 15th annual Conference on Governance, ethics and African development, at STIAS, Stellenbosch from 9 to 10 November, in conjunction with KPMG-SA.

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2016 seminar on Chinese language and culture for south to south cooperation from developing countries.

The Ethics Institute was provided with an opportunity to have a representative of the organisation attend a three-week seminar in Beijing, China, sponsored by the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China.

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What are the characteristics that define toxic leadership?

In South Africa, citizens are struggling with general corruption among its ruling elite and everyone it appears are on a veritable witch-hunt for corrupt leaders in the country after the publication of Thuli Madonsela’s “State of Capture” report. For these reasons and many others, it becomes important to ask a few questions.


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The prominence of ethics in the fourth King Report on Corporate Governance

By Professor Deon Rossouw


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Casting new light on basic income grants

Prof Deon Rossouw was invited to participate in the 10th World Forum for a Responsible Economy that was held across five cities in France from 10  to 14 October 2016. He was tasked with moderating a session on Basic Income Grants.

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Professionalising the ethics officer occupation:

A recent development in the field of organisational ethics in South Africa is that ethics officers are currently aspiring to obtain professional status.

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What is toxic/destructive leadership?

Recently, Dr Paul Vorster was asked to present his views of leadership identification and assessment on “The Leadership Platform” on CliffCentral hosted by leadership activist Adriaan Groenewald.

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The State of Organisational Ethics in South Africa

 In a recent survey 242 Chief Audit Executives were polled for their views on various aspects of corporate governance.

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The Ethical Role of Lawyers

The legal profession is one of the oldest professions, yet lawyers are often parodied as being light on ethics.  Considering the impact that the legal profession has on the moral justice in a country, the Pan African Lawyers Union is finalising a Code of Ethics for Lawyers Working in Africa.  Kris Dobie was invited to their regional conference in Maputo to present a keynote address to set the scene for their deliberations. 

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