Mirror, Mirror, On The Wall, Who’s The Fairest Of Them All? Narcissistic Leaders in Organizations and Their Major Effects on Employee Work Behaviors

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Nevşehir Hacı Bektaş Veli Üniversitesi SBE Dergisi, cilt.10, ss.280-291, 2020 (Hakemli Üniversite Dergisi)

  • Cilt numarası: 10 Konu: 1
  • Basım Tarihi: 2020
  • Doi Numarası: 10.30783/nevsosbilen.653781
  • Dergi Adı: Nevşehir Hacı Bektaş Veli Üniversitesi SBE Dergisi
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.280-291


The destructive aspects of leadership and how dysfunctional leaders can jeopardize an organization’s culture and values have been a trend topic in business management recently. The personality traits that are associated with leader failure mainly come with the Dark Triad traits: narcissism, psychopathy, and Machiavellianism. Narcissism covers some attitudes and behaviors such as an admiration for oneself, self-love, extreme selfishness, arrogance, grandiosity and superiority upon others. As narcissism is described as one of the undesired personality traits, unhealthy conditions and destructive consequences can easily be occurred when the narcissistic leaders get authorization and come into action in organizations. It’s clear that narcissistic leaders are only interested in him/herself and they usually think that the world is revolving on the axis of “self” and without their leadership, the organization cannot reach its full potential and disappear in the end. In this conceptual paper, narcissism and narcissistic leaders will be identified and their tactics will be revealed in detail. Then, the common attitudes and behaviors they engage in and reflect others will be outlined and in the conclusion section, the precautions that can be taken to prevent form narcissistic leaders and the ways to reduce their negative effects on employee work behaviors in organizations will be listed and recommendations will be made thoroughly.