Narcissism and Leadership

What makes a good leader? Would you say . . .
  • Confidence
  • Self-esteem
  • Dominance

Turns out, these are qualities that many people look for in leaders, but those are actually more indicative of narcissists

As this study from the University of Amsterdam indicates, sometimes narcissists actually do make good leaders. The problem is that they miss some important factors like
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Empowerment

In order for an organization to thrive and grow, you need real leaders who can help others best utilize their gifts. "Good leaders facilitate communication by asking questions and summarizing the conversation—something narcissists are too self-involved to do."

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  1. Psych studies show that since the 80s our culture is becoming more narcissistic too. Some of the best leaders are Narcs but they can't have thriving sustainable relationships and typically jump from job to job and relationship to relationship. Craziest line of research is that secular and Christian/Worship music has show significantly increased personal pronouns (me and i) compared to group pronouns (we and us) in the past 10 years, scary!

  2. Seems like you are saying that narcissism isn't necessarily the opposite of leadership, but it is definitely the opposite of relationships. Interesting.