Toxic leadership has existed in organizations, societies, and nations and history is witness to all those leaders who have displayed toxic behaviors to fulfill personal needs. However, this concept has not been given due importance in the whole gamut of leadership theories that exist. It not only impacts performance at the organizational level but also at the individual level. The aim of this paper is to understand the theory of Toxic Leadership and the behaviors exhibited by Toxic leaders. The paper also attempts to trace the origins of toxic behaviors and also to understand the reasons for toxicity and its impact on individual and organizational performance.
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