I never thought much about how to define one but ran across this list by Anna Grace Taylor. Pretty good description.
It would be easy to ask you to use this list and ask yourself if you are “toxic”. Unfortunately, to do this would take an ample ability in self-awareness. In my experience, self-awareness and toxicity don’t co-exist. Most people don’t choose toxicity. They just air.
This description probably used to assess the group with which you travel. Toxic people impede your progress. They drain your energy. They draw down your resources. They are a weight that you often don’t even perceive.
So, the exhortation is this: are their toxic people in your circle? Can you prune them? Can you put distance between you and them?
Toxic means it can result in your demise. You would be wise to clean up your pool of relationships. You need a positive team not a toxic one.
PalletOne CEO Howe Wallace
Since 2005, he has been sharing his thoughts on the organization, leadership, and communication in an online daily note to teammates called Daily with HQ.