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January 16, 2011

Corporate Narcissism

Filed under: Uncategorized — DoNP @ 5:06 pm

Corporate narcissism occurs when a narcissist becomes the leader (CEO) or a member of the senior management team and gathers an adequate mix of codependents around him to support his narcissistic behavior: “narcissistic leadership is about reproduced copies, not about originals.” This leads almost inevitably to a deterioration in the organization’s performance. “The narcissistic leader prefers the sparkle and glamour of well-orchestrated illusions to the tedium and method of real accomplishment.” Narcissists profess company loyalty but are only really committed to their own agendas, thus organizational decisions are founded on the narcissist’s own interests rather than the interests of the organization as a whole, the various stakeholders, or the society in which the organization operates. As a result, “a certain kind of charismatic leader can run a financially successful company on thoroughly unhealthy principles for a time. But… the chickens always come home to roost.”

Psychoanalysts have suggested that “one of the ways of differentiating a good-enough organisation from one that is pathological is through its ability to exclude narcissistic characters from key posts.”

Malignant Nacissism

The malignant narcissist differs from narcissistic personality disorder in that the malignant narcissist derives higher levels of psychological gratification from accomplishments over time (thus worsening the disorder). Because the malignant narcissist becomes more involved in this psychological gratification, they are apt to develop the antisocial, the paranoid, and the schizoid personality disorders. The term malignant is added to the term narcissist to indicate that individuals with this disorder tend to worsen in their impulse controls and desires over time.

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