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Leader Killers: How to Identify and Deal with Antagonists in Your Organization

Who Are Antagonists?

Antagonists are individuals who, on the basis of nonsubstantive evidence, go out of their way to make insatiable demands, usually attacking the person or performance of others. These attacks are selfish in nature, tearing down rather than building up, and are frequently directed against those in a leadership capacity. (from chapter 1, “Who Are Antagonists?”)

A Bottom-Line Issue

Antagonists create a tense work environment, erode employee morale, diminish productivity, increase turnover, and waste time and money. The presence of just one antagonist can have a severe impact on an organization’s bottom line. It’s an issue that no organization can afford to ignore.

The Purpose of This Book

Dr. Kenneth C. Haugk wrote Leader Killers to help leaders in the business world and social sectors deal with the threat of antagonism. The purpose of this book is to present clear, practical strategies to help you identify antagonists early, deal with them effectively, and create an anti-antagonist culture in your organization.

You will learn:

  • what differentiates healthy and unhealthy conflict

  • how to recognize the signs of an antagonist

  • what drives an antagonist

  • how to deal directly with antagonists

  • strategies for protecting your organization, your colleagues, your family, and yourself

  • how to create and maintain an antagonist-free environment

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