Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing: Spotting the Dark Triad of Personality in Organizations and Overcoming the Troubles They Cause

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Bingöl Üniversitesi Sosyal Bilimler Enstitüsü Dergisi, ss.297-310, 2020 (Diğer Kurumların Hakemli Dergileri)

  • Basım Tarihi: 2020
  • Doi Numarası: 10.29029/busbed.641095
  • Dergi Adı: Bingöl Üniversitesi Sosyal Bilimler Enstitüsü Dergisi
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.297-310


The purpose of this paper is to examine the Dark Triad personality traits and to show the ways of spotting them easily and exactly at workplaces in order to reduce their destructive effects in organizations. The dark personality characteristics mainly refer to socially aversive behaviors and associated with various kinds of interpersonal difficulties, problems and cover potentially destructive behaviors such as aggression, deception, manipulation and exploitation. The Dark Triad of personality is the group of personality traits which includes narcissism, Machiavellianism and psychopathy. The maladaptive
features of the Dark Triad often deteriorate the work flow and relationships among employees at work. The Dark Triad traits are related with behaviors and features that lead to impaired social relationship functioning including aggressive tendencies, limited empathic abilities, hostility, and deception at workplaces. The Dark Triad traits: are the prominent socially destructive personality traits that simply poison the organizations because these traits might cause serious counterproductive behaviors that may lead to huge hidden costs (e.g., employee burnout, higher employee turnover) for the organizations. In this
conceptual study, the Dark Triad of Personality, will be outlined and the behaviors of the employees that show the Dark Triad traits will be focused on thoroughly. In the conclusion section, the recommendations will be made and solutions will be offered in order to reduce and overcome their devastating effects at workplaces.