Every executive must be on the lookout for toxic employees among team members. A toxic person is an emotional wreck who nurses a deep seated wound borne out of the experience of either their own bad fortune or the good fortune of others which they resent by envy and jealousy.

Toxic people are extra sensitive and like taking advantage by creating a drama that attracts them to others as victims of a system, a process or an on-going change initiative. Among teams, toxic people exhibit a number of negativities and these have been captured as 7 things negative people will do to you.

They will…
1. Demean your value,
2. Destroy your image,
3. Drive you crazily,
4. Dispose your dreams,
5. Discredit your imagination,
6. Defr

ame your abilities and
7. Disbelieve your opinions.
Stay away from negative people!”
Israelmore Ayivor.

Through critical and unhealthy comments, toxic people destroy team spirit and instigate division among employees, thereby reducing performance. Toxic people are usually identified by the following ways.3

  1. They like to give historical analysis of past events but conclude with wrong statements to create reasons why a course of action will never succeed.
  2. They like to be at the center of conversation, dictating discussion. When their ideas are defeated, they sulk and become defensive.
  3. They are always negative, actively backbiting and spreading half-truth and lies.
  4. When they make friends with people, they will demand unalloyed loyalty or they instigate a fight.
  5. Their focus is on failed initiatives, problems and reasons why new initiatives should not be embarked upon.
  6. They try to rally support from team members by making them believe that they are acting for the collective good of the team.
  7. They underscore their relevance.


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