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

Aug 31, 2023, 9:00am - 11:30am
Thursday, August 24, 2023
$95 ($75 for OSU employees)
Jennifer Pettibone
(614) 292-3114

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.

Please note, if you are unable to attend you may send someone else in your place. Cancellations made prior to the day of the workshop will be refunded minus a $5 cancellation fee. No refunds will be made for no-shows/cancellations the day of the workshop. Certificates of participation are available for individuals seeking professional development hours. If you have questions, contact the OSU Leadership Center at 614-292-3114 or e-mail Jennifer Pettibone


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If you require an accommodation such as live captioning or interpretation to participate in this event, please contact Jennifer Pettibone at or 614-292-3114. Requests made 10 days prior to the event will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date.  In person workshops venues are wheelchair accessible.  Automated captions will be available to all virtual participants and the Zoom platform is accessible.  Click here for the accessibility form.