Self-obsessed people don't make good leaders

Psychologist Barbora Nevicka, who led study, said: "There's no doubt narcissism can sometimes be useful in a leader.

Ians January 02, 2012

LONDON: While individuals brimming with confidence or arrogance and showing natural authority may appear potential leaders, a dominating attitude or self-obsession often leaves such individuals being worst bosses, says a study.

In a study conducted by University of Amsterdam researchers, group members rated the most narcissistic leaders as most effective, but in fact the groups led by the greatest egotists never chose the best candidate, the Daily Mail reported.

Psychologist Barbora Nevicka, who led the study, said: "There's no doubt narcissism can sometimes be useful in a leader.

"But... good leaders facilitate communication by asking questions and summarising the conversation - something narcissists are too self-involved to do."

The findings are to be published in the journal Psychological Science.


Sara | 9 years ago | Reply

@EoH umm yess IF the exact definition of a self-obsessed person is one who bears all kinds of hardships to build a charity cancer hospital and state of the art university for people who can't afford that quality education in pakistan.. then i soooooooooooo agree with you..what a self obsessed person he is :)

Muhammad | 9 years ago | Reply

@ EOH Do you have any other suggestion?

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