If pop culture’s depiction of said ‘bad boss’ is anything to go by, a toxic leader is one that is either ‘oddly amusing’ at best, or ‘undeniably awful’, at worst. Essentially, when they aren’t described as outrightly fireable abusers of power, they are framed as a comically hellish fodder for wine-time venting
, à la Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada
. However, much like manipulation presents in our personal relationships
— ‘toxic boss behaviour’ is rarely that obvious from the outset. In fact, it’s seemingly the very same manipulation tactics that we observe when we talk about dating
, like love bombing and gaslighting
, that some leaders utilise in an attempt to control their subordinates in the workplace.