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The Unfortunate Appeal of Narcissists in Management

Some of the hallmarks of the narcissistic personality — need for admiration and power, exaggeration, manipulativeness and lack of empathy — are also qualities that at times are useful for management success. Read More


"Because the very best managers, the very best leaders, are focused on the needs of others - their customers, employees, shareholders, etc. - while narcissists are ultimately most focused on themselves. These are fundamentally different agendas"

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Different agendas

Yes, unfortunately. Thanks for the comment.

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Victor Lipman recently retired from the corporate world after 25 years with one of America's largest life insurance companies. He writes about management from a psychological perspective.


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