Successful Leader vs. toxic Manager

Contrast activity to discover key differences between a successful leader and a toxic manager


Participants brainstorm and gather a collection of traits of a successful leader and toxic manager, to better understand the difference between the two. Think contrast: successful leader vs toxic manager!



  • Introduce the activity to the participants and split into teams; encourage the teams to nominate a team coordinator that will help the team put the ideas together and then to present the findings to the other teams.
  • Join each team and provide the activity link


  • Participants brainstorm, discuss and write down on sticky notes the key traits first for the successful leader, then for the toxic manager.

Debrief (suggested)

  • The team coordinator from each team will present the outcome to the other teams using successful leader vs toxic manager contrast.
  • The facilitator may ask the following questions:
    • Are there any common points between the lists? What does it mean to you?
    • When defining the successful leader, did you have a specific role model/personality in mind?
    • Why do you find these traits as being “toxic”?



Additional info

This activity follows activity type guide from CARTA

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