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Study: Narcissists Don’t Make Good Leaders

WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 (UPI) — Narcissists rise to the top because people think their confidence, dominance and self-esteem make them good leaders — but they’re not, Dutch researchers say.

“Our research shows that the opposite seems to be true,” University of Amsterdam psychologist Barbora Nevicka says.

The study by Nevicka and colleagues found narcissists’ preoccupation with their own brilliance inhibits a crucial element of successful group decision-making and performance — the free and creative exchange of information and ideas — an article in the journal Psychological Science says.

Narcissism can occasionally be a good thing in a leader, Nevicka says. In a crisis some people will feel that a strong, dominant person will take control and do the right thing, “and that may reduce uncertainty and diminish stress,” she said.

But in the everyday life of an organization “communication — sharing of information, perspectives and knowledge — is essential to making good decisions.

“That’s the benefit of teams. That’s what creates a good outcome.”

Good communication comes from leaders asking questions and summarizing the input of everyone — something narcissists are too self-involved to do, Nevicka says.

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  • FreedomFighter

    Obama is a Mega-Narcissists, according to Krauthammer.

    Laus Deo
    Semper Fi

  • s c

    The two worst recent cases of arrogant self-lovers are Bubba Clinton and Bubba Obama. Clinton acted like a frat rat brat, and the Bummer acts like he owns and runs America and the world (between trips to other countries).
    What we see is the childish behavior in the news. We don’t see the slimers who permit political self-lovers to get to centers of power. People like Clinton and Obama learned that people can be extremely stupid when it comes to role models and idols. That’s the secret of their success.
    That is, they are successful in getting to wield power. When it comes to getting things for the people, that’s another matter as self-lovers are incapable of taking care of anyone. When you live your life in front of mirrors, all you see is yourself.
    Someone like Al ‘duh’ Gore, who doesn’t pack the gear to be called a self-lover, is a wannabe self-lover. He can dream about it, but he’ll never match Clinton or Obama. What maes it so bad is the fact that neither Clinton nor Obama are good for America.
    Gore doesn’t count. He never did. Ask his ex-wife.


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