Most of us have experienced some type of toxic or dysfunctional professional relationship. Whether it is a stereotypical power hungry supervisor who talks down to people, the team member who takes credit without doing the work, or the colleague who likes to gossip and create drama - sometimes we don't realize we are in a toxic professional relationship until it is too late!
Mentoring relationships are not immune from toxicity.
Karpman’s Drama Triangle model shows us the key roles that people tend to play when relationships have become dysfunctional. At the bottom of the inverted triangle is always a victim, someone who perceives themselves to be helpless, powerless and unable to solve their own problems. At the two other points of the triangle we have a persecutor (Someone who is critical, authoritarian and possibly controlling), and a rescuer who feels that it is their job to save the “victim.”
The good news is that we can break free from these toxic roles and create more meaningful and fulfilling professional relationships. Learn how in this month's video message!