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Management. The observe inspires photos of dynamic motion, inspiring imaginative and prescient and a hugely influenced group. the good leaders of trade are the idols of our time. yet what of the Demon chief, the damaging strength, the bully within the boardroom? we've got heard much approximately optimistic management yet what in regards to the darkish aspect -- the narcissistic leader?Despite the frequent adventure of staff who've tolerated egotistical bosses, there are few assets to assist humans live on and achieve spite of a narcissistic leader.House of Mirrors is an excellent -- and occasionally nerve-racking -- research of the psyche of those leaders and the devastating -- and infrequently hidden -- impact they could have on either person and organizational functionality. in line with in-depth study and greater than 500 first hand-interviews, the authors provide us: -- Profiles of a few of the world's top recognized company figures and their damaging habit: Michael Eisner, Al Dunlap, Robert Allen, Gilbert Amelio and others-- Examples of the few narcissistic leaders who have had a good effect-- motion steps and suggestions for what you are able to do concerning the narcissistic leaders destructive, undermining behavior-- Eye-opening tales in regards to the incredible behavior of egotistical, self serving bosses
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7 In any case, a pure, unadulterated lie is certainly one way that narcissists can manipulate events for personal gain (eg spreading false information to undercut a rival for a coveted promotion). Distortions, on the other hand, might involve ‘half-truths’ – accurate, but incomplete information. For example, as a narcissist you might tell a superior that you’ve done a fantastic job of turning around your underperforming unit because sales are up 25 per cent. What you fail to mention is that you’ve effectively lost ground because, in your push to get product out the door, the cost of obtaining those sales has jumped 50 per cent.
But we also want to sound a note of caution. Narcissism is not an either-or proposition. As we’ll explain later, a modest degree of narcissism can be healthy, if not critical, for the company. What we’re concerned about is pathological narcissism. Identifying the narcissistic leader ᔡ 39 CHAPTER TAKE-AWAYS ឣ Narcissistic behaviours reflect a personality characterized by anxieties ឣ ឣ ឣ ឣ ឣ ឣ ឣ ឣ about self-worth. The origins of the narcissistic personality begin early in childhood, often being the result of conflict-marked relations with parents.
It’s that obsessive focus that drives the worst excesses of narcissistic leaders. For instance, parents who are affectionate when children perform up to an idealized image (eg charming or brilliant), but who are hostile when they fail to perform well may be sowing the seeds of narcissism. As the children mature, they begin to realize that their parents’ love was conditional. The result is anger, hostility and self-doubt. 2 What this leads to in adulthood is a desire to put on attractive performances in pursuit of a glorious vision, with the audience being parents or some other authority figure (superiors, mentors, etc).