[LINK] 50pc of managers could be psychopaths: research

Brendan Scott brendansweb at optusnet.com.au
Fri Jan 12 14:21:33 AEDT 2007

Howard Lowndes wrote:
> <hfl>
> Perhaps this will add fuel to the fire that has been burning happily on
> this list for the past few days.
> </hfl>
> http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200701/s1825713.htm
> British research suggests that up to 50 per cent of business managers
> could have psychopathic or similar tendencies.
> The study carried out by the British Psychological Society says such
> managers are often articulate and confident, but can be unpredictable,
> self indulgent and lacking in empathy.
> Psychology Professor Adrian Furnham says manipulative characteristics
> are often rewarded in the business world.
> "Beware of the following individual, the good looking, educated,
> articulate and very bold and self confident leader," he said.
> "If somebody says to you 'I can take this company to the next level'
> beware, it might be a manifestation of narcissism rather than ability."

I remember reading (some time ago) a management article on "type 4" and "type 5" leaders (or somesuch).  The (first?) promotes the growth of an organisation in a manner dependent on that person, the second promotes it in a manner which is independent of that person.  Type 5 leaders are the better leaders to have...

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