Last year, I was a featured expert in a story about narcissists in the workplace, and how one can function effectively with (or despite) them, no matter whether they are your co-workers or your boss. And certainly, if you follow American politics, there is a lot of conversation about whether a certain head of state is a prime example of a narcissist. So it isn’t surprising that this topic continues to be front and centre in the news. One question that often comes up in my leadership development practice is about how to separate leaders from narcissists, particularly during hiring, as the outcome of hiring one over the other can be enormous. Ironically of course, on the surface, narcissists look suspiciously like leaders; it isn’t until later that the truth comes out.
Last week, CNN Business News put out an article titled How narcissistic CEOs put companies at risk, explaining how narcissist leaders create long-lasting negative consequences for their companies. From a leadership perspective, a couple of points in particular caught my attention. Continue reading