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The Narcissistic Leader


One day a CEO asked one of his direct reports to interview his team of managers and to provide a report on their feedback. During the meeting to discuss the report the CEO asked:


“So what do they think of me?”


The direct report replied “They think you are very creative and courageous,” “but they also feel that you don’t listen.”


“Excuse me, what did you say?” the CEO shot back at once, pretending not to hear.


His response was humorous, but it was also tragic because this CEO defensive stands shows one of the glaring traits of a Narcissistic Leader.


Narcissistic leadership is a leadership style in which the leader is only interested in him/herself. Their priority is themselves and only themselves; this type of leader exhibits the characteristics of a great leader because they are perceived as effective by many due to their displays of authority; but while narcissists may look like good leaders, according to a new study by a group of psychology researchers from the University of Amsterdam, they’re actually really bad at leading since company morale often declines, and employees often leave the company due to their toxic behavior.