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2021 July Virtual Chapter Meeting, "Solving the Problem of Abrasive Leaders"
Tuesday, July 13, 2021, 11:50 AM - 1:00 PM PDT
Category: LWHRA Events

This program has been submitted for HRCI credit. 
 Lake Washington Human Resource Association is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®.

July 2021 Virtual Chapter Meeting: 

Solving the Problem of Abrasive Leaders 

with Andrea Muzikant, Leadership Coach

Presentation Description:

Abrasive leaders rub their coworkers the wrong way. Commonly referred to as bullying bosses, their destructive management styles erode motivation and productivity in organizations. In today's highly competitive business environments, employers cannot afford the costs of disruption caused by abrasive leaders, including alienations and attrition of valued employees, harassment litigations, and retaliatory responses such as sabotage and workplace violence. Based upon Dr. Laura Crawshaw's research and practice coaching abrasive leaders, these findings from The Boss Whispering Institute will address why leaders resort to bullying behaviors, why they deny their destructive impact, and what human resource professionals can do to effectively intervene. 


Participants will learn:

  • Skilled vs abrasive leaders: critical differentiations 
  • The most common characteristic behaviors of abrasive leaders
  • The origins of abrasive leadership styles: myths and realities 
  • The dynamics of defensive aggression: THreat-Anxiety-Defense
  • Why their managers don't intervene
  • What it takes to motivate an abrasive leader to modify his/her management style
  • Critical elements in reducing defensiveness when coaching abrasive leaders
  • How to motivate upper management to intervene in cases of workplace bullying. 



Member: $35
Non-Member: $50
Student: $10







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Cancellation Policy: LWHRA will accept cancellations received on or before ten (10) day prior to the event. Registrants who cancel on or before ten (10) days prior to the event will receive a refund. No refunds will be given for cancellations received after ten (10) days prior to the event. A substitute attendee will be permitted given the LWHRA office receives notice of the substitution on or before ten (10) days prior to the event. 
Substitutions and cancellations must be submitted by email to [email protected].

Speaker Bio:

Andrea Muzikant is a Life & Leadership Coach who has over 22 years of experience working in human services. Andrea has served more than 14 years in leadership with local government in the state of Oregon. Andrea's quest is to help alleviate suffering in the workplace. Andrea has been trained in "The Boss Whisperer®" method for abrasive leaders, where she helps leaders overcome negative perceptions and become more insightful leaders. She also provides consulting and training to leaders at all levels of an organization with the primary focus on building better teams and retreat planning. Andrea provides training that focuses on overall wellness in the workplace including topics such as emotional intelligence, burnout prevention, and self-care. Andrea is originally from Oregon, and in her spare time she enjoys cycling and traveling.