Toxic leadership is a combination of self-centered attitudes, motivations, and behaviors that have adverse effects on subordinates, the organization, and mission performance. This leader lacks concern for others and the climate of the organization, which leads to short- and long-term negative effects.
No organization (corporation, non-profits, small businesses, etc.) can be successful with toxic leaders. Toxic leadership is when leaders (who should not be called leaders in the first place) infringe the leader-follower relationship, abusing their power as leaders to the detriment of the people they are leading. Toxic leaders are not accountable or responsible for their actions; they blame others for their mistakes, they don't lead by example nor from the front; and they lie to make themselves look good.
Kouzes and Posner says exemplary leaders get extraordinary things done in organizations by engaging in the five practices of exemplary leadership. Modeling the way is about earning the respect and the right to lead by being involved in the day-to-day operations of their team.
Inspire a shared vision by focusing on the best interest of your team and speak their language on a daily basis. Challenge the process by being innovative; recognize and support great ideas from your team members. Enable others to act by being a trustworthy leader. Encourage the hearts of your team members by recognizing their hard work, saying at least “thanks” for a job well done.