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24th Apr 2005, 04:17
Finally, professional recognition of what we all knew all along... From todays New Zealand Herald - Sunday Edition.

Lunatics in charge of the boardrooms

by Adrienne Kohler

You always suspected it, but now there is scientific evidence - many bosses are psychopaths who shouldn’t be allowed to look after a cat, let alone staff.

A recent British study, backed by psychologists and management consultants here, found that a sample of senior executives scored higher on measures of histrionic, narcissistic and obsessive-compulsive personality disorders than a group of disturbed criminals. These personality disorders are characterised by superficial charm, lack of empathy and perfectionism.

However, unlike the criminals, the managers scored much lower on antisocial, borderline and paranoid personality dimensions, characterised by aggression, impulsiveness and mistrust.

The findings are no surprise to Auckland counsellor Dr John McEwan, who helps at least one person a week traumatised by toxic bosses. In the workplace, they become bullies, terrorising staff with abusive and manipulative behaviour, and creating a climate of fear. He said the key to picking psychopathic behaviour is their warped logic, a lack of empathy, and a refusal to take responsibility for problems.

Management consultant Andrea Needham advocated better recruitment and ongoing leadership and mentoring programmes to stop the problem.

Onan the Clumsy
24th Apr 2005, 04:19
Been there. Seen it. Suffered from it.


24th Apr 2005, 06:59
There at the moment , right in it , seeing it , suffering from it - 3 years and 7 months to go !!!

Solid Rust Twotter
24th Apr 2005, 07:03
Just out of it. Like being released from prison.

Capn Notarious
24th Apr 2005, 09:02
How true is this, nothing corrupts so much as power and position.
Because they are so head strong a fail can occur: on account of not listening to others. Group management ain't the answer.
But adopt the-

listen to yourself boss and look for your failures
approach, often does not work due to their arrogance.

24th Apr 2005, 10:36
The structure of modern business is designed to ensure that only these types get to the top.

Watch "The Apprentice" if you don't believe me.

24th Apr 2005, 15:36
histrionic, narcissistic and obsessive-compulsive personality disorders

You ever worked in ATC mate? Those "qualities" are just for starters.

24th Apr 2005, 16:29

One year to go!!

24th Apr 2005, 16:40
Till your release date? Will you be walking out or carried kicking and screaming? ;)

24th Apr 2005, 21:42
Ah yes !

Normal attributes of a Graduate

25th Apr 2005, 11:12
Ah, those are not standard requirements? :E