To grow a garden you basically need seeds, water, and lots of sunlight to help bring the eager seedlings above ground for all to see. But to grow a toxic workplace, all you need are a few controlling people to make sure things stay hidden and off limits … with the help of cover-up culture.
Interestingly enough, often the guiding principle begins as “the end justifies the means.” The folks employing these arguably Machiavellian principles tell themselves that their intention is a good one. And that the outcome will be worth it as a greater good. But people negatively affected in the process may not agree.