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Toxic Leaders: how to spot and deal with them

South Africa Inc is going through a crisis of confidence. Some of our largest companies have seen billions lost to what seems now to be bully CEOs. Toxic leaders can devastate any successful business and have ruined many careers. 

Crime investigator Paul O’Sullivan knows a thing or two about bullies. He brought down gangster Radovan Krejcir and former police boss Jackie Selebi. He will be talking at the CFO Talks discussion on Toxic Leaders next Thursday.

As a CFO climbing the corporate ladder you will likely have to deal with a toxic leaders on your way to the top.  One Australian study found that one in five CEOs are psychopaths – roughly the same as prisoners.

The study of 261 senior professionals in the United States found that 21% had clinically significant levels of psychopathic traits. The rate of psychopathy in the general population is about 1%.

Despite increasingly onerous accounting regulations, South Africa is wrestling with a slew of corruption scandals. In many cases, auditors and CFOs seem powerless to withstand the pressures of a bullying CEO. As Bosasa whistleblower Angelo Aggrizzi claimed, he was “groomed for corruption” by his bosses. Small “gifts” and inducements ended up getting bigger until he became a captured part of a corrupt enterprise.

It’s time we took a good hard look at the problem of the bullying CEO.

Join our CFO Talks event on 1 August 2019 where we will be taking a closer look at the topic of Toxic Leadership and how to deal with it. You can’t afford to miss out on this discussion.

Be sure to check the profiles of our panel of industry experts who have first-hand experience on this topic. The panel includes:

  • Paul O’Sullivan (forensic investigator), who was responsible for bringing down an army of corrupt officials, including gangster Radovan Krejcir and former police boss Jackie Selebi;
  • Kris Budnik (director Tilt Advisory), 
  • Theo Veldsman( professor in work psychology at University of Johannesburg), 
  • Erik Vermeulen (behavioral economics strategist), 
  • Rosemary Hunter (whistleblower and activist) and;
  •  Jo-Ann Pohl (group CFO at legal firm Bowmans). 

Register today and avoid being the next casualty of corporate failure.

Date: Thursday, 1 August 2019

Time: 11am-1pm

Venue: Adapt IT Joburg Campus, 152 14th Road, Noordwyk, Midrand

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