Magazine article HRMagazine

Narcissistic Bosses Aren't All Bad, Study Finds

Magazine article HRMagazine

Narcissistic Bosses Aren't All Bad, Study Finds

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While some researchers see narcissistic leaders as arrogant and destined to fail, others claim that they are highly creative. Who's right?

Maybe both, according to a team of researchers led by Emily Grijalva, an assistant visiting professor at the University of Illinois.

In a meta-analysis of more than 50 studies, the researchers found that narcissists-loosely defined as those with a grandiose sense of their own importance-are more likely to be selected for leadership positions.

The researchers then analyzed personality asssessments and performance evaluations from six data sets provided by a consulting firm.

While they didn't find any direct link between narcissism and the leaders' success, they did uncover a relationship between narcissism and leadership effectiveness that followed an inverted U-shape. The bosses with extremely high or extremely low levels of narcissism were poorer leaders. …

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