Monday, October 22, 2012

Narcissism and Leadership: An Object Relations Perspective in Leadership Ethics Joanne Ciulla, Mary Uhl-Bien and Patricia Werhane (Eds.), Sage (Forthcoming)

Having been largely unknown as a clinical entity, the narcissistic personality has recently come into the limelight. It is argued that one critical component in the orientation of leaders is the quality and intensity of their narcissistic development. In this paper, the relationship between narcissism and leadership is explored. Using concepts taken from psychoanalytic object relations theory, three narcissistic configurations found among leaders are presented: reactive, self-deceptive, and constructive. Their etiology, symptomatology, and defensive structure is discussed. The influence of each configuration on interpersonal relations and decision-making is examined in a managerial context.