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Running head: Are People who Rank High on Narcissistic Traits

Are People who Rank high on Narcissistic traits Detrimental to Leadership Positions in the Workforce? Alissa Deel
Capella University
Professor Patricia Wolskee
December 11th, 2009

The purpose of this paper was to debate whether a narcissistic leader was detrimental in the workforce. Collaborated research was studied and the pros and cons of a narcissistic leader were discussed. It was found that although the narcissistic leader had some positive aspects, there were also numerous negative facets found with this type of leader. Charisma, abundant followers, and the ability to perceive and communicate a vision were found to be some positive characteristics of the narcissist. The self inflated ego, lack of empathy, putting public image over the welfare of the corporation, and the inability to handle feedback were some of the cons found in this study. This paper has found the cons outweighed the pros for narcissistic leadership in the workforce.

Are People who Rank High on Narcissistic Traits Detrimental to Leadership Positions in the Workforce? The purpose of this paper is to question whether people who rank high on narcissistic traits make poor leaders in the workforce. Narcissism is defined as, “broadly, a grandiose sense of self-importance” (Judge, LePine, and Rich, 2006). According to Judge et al., 2006 (as cited in the DSM–IV), “narcissists are preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, believe they are special and unique, require excessive admiration, have a sense of entitlement, are interpersonally exploitive, lack empathy, and are arrogant and haughty”. Freud (Maccoby, 2004) stated that all people are narcissistic to some degree. Pathological narcissism is when individuals score very high on this trait and are considered selfish, lacking in empathy and ego centric by most standards. Freud also stated that persons with this type of personality may be suitable...

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