Research: half of business managers may be psychopaths

Boss and worker, cartoon

From the Australian Broadcasting Corporation:

50pc of managers could be psychopaths: research

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.”

3 thoughts on “Research: half of business managers may be psychopaths

  1. “I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength and bid defiance to the laws of our country.”
    — Thomas Jefferson, 1812


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