How to Get Ahead without Murdering Your Boss
6 simple steps to actively manage your career
offers readers a fun, modern, holistic perspective to career management, with practical, quick strategies that will encourage readers of every age and profession to start to take control of their careers, whilst satisfying their desire for more time with family, friends and leisure.

As leaders we are bombarded with information – leadership theories, research, blogs and advice on how to increase our effectiveness as leaders. Here I share with you resources that I have found useful in my own leadership practice.

Disclaimer:  These resources are provided for your information. Their distribution does not imply endorsement of any products or services offered in these resources.



Arrowdynamics – training for managers and supervisors. Chris Whitecross shares, practical techniques to improve management skills and effectively deal with behavioural issues in the workplace.

Australian Institute of Management  – Career networks and professional development for managers

CEO Institute – Career networks and professional development for CEOs

Cultural Transitions – Leading a global team?  Leonie Elphinstone is a specialist in cultural intelligence and flexibility training and coaching, facilitating cultural transitions for leader movement between cultures/countries.

Lee Hecht Harrison (LHH) – partners with organisations to design and implement multi-faceted leadership development programs aligned to business practices, including experiential learning, coaching and mentoring.

Whack your Boss – Frustrated with your boss?  Let off some steam at this site    



Ancona, D., Malone, T.W., Orlikowski, W.J., & Senge, P.M. (2007).  The incomplete leader. Harvard Business Review, February, 92-100.

Covey, S.M.R. (2006).  The speed of trust.  New York:  Free Press.

Dalglish, C., & Evans, P.  (2007).  Leadership in the Australian context.  Prahan: Tilde University Press.

George, B., Sims, P., McLean, A. N., & Mayer, D.  (2007).  Discovering your authentic leadership.  Harvard Business Review, February, 129-138.

Goffee, R. & Jones, J., (2000).  Why should anyone be led by you?  Harvard Business Review, October, 63-70.

Goleman, D.  (2004).  What makes a leader?  Harvard Business Review, January, 82-91.

Kouzes, J., & Posner, B. (2012). The Leadership Challenge: How to Make Extraordinary Things Happen in Organizations. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Kouzes, J., & Posner, B.  (2015).  Extraordinary Leadership in Australia and New Zealand.  The five practices that create great workplaces.  Melbourne: John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd.

Lencioni, P. (2002).  The five dysfunctions of a team.  A leadership fable.  USA: Jossey-Bass.

Scott, S. (2002).  Fierce conversations: Achieving success at work and in life one conversation at a time.  USA: Berkley.

Scott, S. (2009).  Fierce leadership.  London: Piatkus.

Dark side of Leadership

Babiak, P., & Hare, R. D.  (2007).  Snakes in suits.  When psychopaths go to work.  New York: Harper Collins.

Bakan, J.  (2004).  The Corporation.  The pathological pursuit of profit and power.  London: Constable & Robinson Ltd.

Clarke, J.  (2005).  Working with monsters.  How to identify and protect yourself from the workplace psychopath.  Sydney: Random House.

Einarsen, S., Aasland, M. S., & Skogstad, A.  (2007).  Destructive leadership behaviour: A definition and conceptual model.  The Leadership Quarterly, 18, 207-216.

Furnham, A., Trickey, G., & Hyde, G. (2012). Bright aspects to dark side traits: Dark side traits associated with work success. Personality and Individual Differences, 52, 908-913.

Kaplan, R. E., & Kaiser, R. B.  (2009).  Stop overdoing your strengths.  Harvard Business Review, February, 1-6.

Kellerman, B.  (2004).  Leadership – warts and all.  Harvard Business Review, January, 40-45.

Lipman-Blumen, J.  (2005).  The allure of toxic leaders: Why we follow destructive bosses and corrupt politicians – and how we can survive them.  Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Maccoby, M.  (2004).  Narcisstic leaders: The incredible pros, the inevitable cons.  Harvard Business Review, January, 92-101.

Padilla, A., Hogan, R., & Kaiser, R. B.  (2007).  The toxic triangle: Destructive leaders, susceptible followers and conducive environments.  The Leadership Quarterly, 18, 176-194.

Schyns, B., & Hansborough, T. (2010). When leadership goes wrong: Destructive leadership, mistakes and ethical failures.  Chicago: Information Age Publishing.

Spreier, S. W., Fontaine, M. H., & Malloy, R. L.  (2006).  Leadership run amok: The destructive potential of overachievers.  Harvard Business Review, June, 73-82.

Trickey, G., & Hyde, G.  (2009).  A decade of the dark side.  Fighting our demons at work.  UK: Whitepaper by Psychological Consultancy Limited.

Webster, V., & Brough, P. (2015). Assisting organisations to deal effectively with toxic leadership in the workplace. InPsych (June), 24-25.

Webster, V., Brough, P., & Daly, K. (2016). Fight, flight or freeze: Common responses for follower coping with toxic leadership. Stress and Health, 32, 346-354. DOI: 10.1002/smi.2626.

Career Resilience

Burton, H., Webster, V., & Lees, A.  (2010).  How to get ahead without murdering your boss.  Six simple steps to actively manage your career

Chaleff, I.  (2009).  The courageous follower.  Standing up to and for our leaders.  San Francisco, CA: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.

Crowley, K., & Elster, K.  (2009).  Working for you isn’t working for me.  New York: Penguin Group.

Harris, R.  (2008).  The Happiness Trap. How to Stop Struggling and Start Living: A Guide to ACT.  USA: Trumpeter Books.

Kellerman, B.  (2008).  Followership: How followers are creating change and changing leaders.  USA: Harvard Business School Publishing.

Lubit, R. H.  (2004).  Coping with toxic managers, subordinates and other difficult people.  USA: Pearson Education Inc.

McEwen, K. (2016). Building your resilience. How to thrive in a challenging job. SA: Mindset Publications.

Seligman, M.  (1992).  Learned Optimism.  NSW: Random House.

Seligman, M.  (2002).  Authentic Happiness.  NSW: Random House.

Sutton, R.  (2007).  The no asshole rule.  Building a civilized workplace and surviving one that isn’t.  Great Britain: Sphere.

Academic References on the Dark Side of Leadership

Aasland, M. S., Skogstad, A., Notelaers, G., Nielsen, M. B., & Einarsen, S.  (2010).  The prevalence of destructive leadership behaviour.  British Journal of Management, 21, 438-452.

Benson, M. J., & Campbell, J. P.  (2007).  To be, or not to be, linear: An expanded representation of personality and its relationship to leadership performance.  International Journal of Selection and Assessment, 15(2), 232-249.

Campbell, W. K., Hoffman, B. J., Campbell, S. M., & Marchisio, G.  (2011).  Narcissism in organizational contexts.  Human Resource Management Review, 21, 268-284.

Judge, T. A., Piccolo, R. F., & Kosalka, T.  (2009).  The bright and dark sides of leader traits: A review and theoretical extension of the leader trait paradigm.  The Leadership Quarterly, 20(6), 855-875.

Kellerman, B.  (2004a).  Bad leadership: What it is, how it happens, why it matters.  New York: Harvard Business Review Press.

Krasikova, D. V., Green, S. G., & LeBreton, J. M.  (2013).  Destructive leadership: A theoretical review, integration, and future research agenda.  Journal of Management  39(5), 1308-1338.

Martinko, M. J., Harvey, P., Brees, J. R., & Mackey, J.  (2013).  A review of abusive supervision research.  Journal of Organizational Behavior, 34, S120-S137.

May, D., Wesche, J. S., Heinitz, K., & Kerschreiter, R.  (2014).  Coping with destructive leadership.  Putting forward an integrated theoretical framework for the interaction process between leaders and followers.  Journal of Psychology, 222(4), 203-213.

Paulhus, D. L., & Williams, K. M.  (2002).  The dark triad of personality: Narcissism, Machiavellianism, and psychopathy.  Journal of Research in Personality, 36, 556-563.

Pelletier, K. L.  (2010).  Leader toxicity: An empirical investigation of toxic behavior and rhetoric.  Leadership  6(4), 373-389.

Redeker, M., de Vries, R. E., Rouckhout, D., Vermeren, P., & de Fruyt, F.  (2014).  Integrating leadership: The leadership circumplex.  European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 23(3), 435-455.

Schyns, B., & Schilling, J.  (2013).  How bad are the effects of bad leaders? A meta-analysis of destructive leadership and its outcomes.  The Leadership Quarterly, 24, 138-158.

Skogstad, A., Einarsen, S., Torsheim, T., Aasland, M. S., & Hetland, H.  (2007).  The destructiveness of laissez-faire leadership behavior.  Journal of Occupational and Health Psychology, 12(1), 80-92.

Tepper, B. J.  (2007).  Abusive supervision in work organizations: Review, synthesis, and research agenda.  Journal of Management Development, 33(3), 261-289.

Thoroughgood, C. N., Padilla, A., Hunter, S. T., & Tate, B. W.  (2012).  The susceptible circle: A taxonomy of followers associated with destructive leadership.  The Leadership Quarterly, 23, 897-917.

Thoroughgood, C. N., Tate, B. W., Sawyer, K. B., & Jacobs, R.  (2012) . Bad to the bone: Empirically defining and measuring destructive leader behavior.  Journal of Leadership & Organizational Studies, 19(2), 230-255.

Yagil, D., Ben-Zur, H., & Tamir, I.  (2011).  Do employees cope effectively with abusive supervision at work?  An exploratory study.  International Journal of Stress Management, 18(1), 5-23.