Insight: You May Work With a Narcissist
Originally found at Insight, by Birgit Schyns.
Have you ever had the feeling that some of your colleagues are working only for themselves, and are not true team players? If your answer is yes, then it is possible that you are working with a narcissist. Narcissists have a heightened sense of what they are entitled to and have a constant need for attention and admiration. They are arrogant and see themselves as superior to others.
Of course, in a work environment, the presence of these characters can have extremely detrimental effects. This is because their interests don’t tend to be compatible with those of the organization, but are instead exclusively for themselves.
It is not always obvious when trying to identify these traits in the people around us, and moreover, it can be even harder to decide what to do once you do recognize them.
Typically, narcissists will falsely claim or take credit for undue contributions within the organization. As well as this, they may react aggressively after receiving negative comments and criticize the source of the comments, whilst also acting for personal
benefit without considering the consequences for others.
Continue reading the original article at Insight.
Read the original research in Academy of Management Perspectives.
Also read this AOM Insights summary citing this research.
Learn more about the AOM Scholars and explore their work:
- Birgit Schyns, Neoma Business School
- Barbara Wisse, University of Groningen and Durham University Business School
- Stacey Sanders, University of Groningen