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Bad Bosses at the Office: 4 Common Personality Disorders

Not every bad boss is a psychopath or someone with a personality disorder (although some of the stories I hear certainly make me wonder.) Most bosses aren’t mentally ill in spite of what employees perceive as horrible behaviors. But the many stories people tell me as a coach lead me to believe we’re seeing a […]
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Charismatic Leader? Or Psychopathic Traits?

If you think that psychopathic behavior is limited to con artists and serial killers, think again. According to authors of Snakes in Suits, Paul Babiak and Robert D. Hare, some organizations actively seek out and recruit individuals with at least a moderate dose of psychopathic features for leadership positions. Some careers such as stock broker, […]
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The Dark Side of Ambition: Psychopathic Traits at Work

I love ambition. I think it’s a great motivator and source of energy. Let’s face it, some things we have to do at work just aren’t all that much fun, nor interesting, nor urgent… but they must be done. So being a little greedy, or hungry, can be a good thing. But once in a […]
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The Risks of Working for a People Pleaser

Working for someone who is a people-pleaser may seem fairly innocuous or even desirable, but such leaders pose daunting challenges for their organizations. If you work for a people-pleaser, you most likely see the inherent problems and confess to seeking ways to maneuver around them. People-pleasing leaders have some beneficial traits, but their behaviors can […]
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How Well Do You Know Yourself?

How well do you think you know yourself? Self-awareness is key to success in work, life, and relationships. I would say that it is the foundation of strong character, giving us the ability to lead with a sense of purpose, authenticity, openness, and trust. “Knowing yourself, and knowing the forces that affect the people who […]
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Lopsided Leadership:
When Leaders Overplay Strengths

Many leaders fear they’ll lose their edge if they stop leading with their strengths. They must instead learn to use this strength more selectively. This may be the hardest developmental work one can take on. Behavioral changes are a demanding goal, and it’s even harder to change or modulate what you’ve always done well. It […]
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Psychopathic Leader? 4 Domains of Strange Behaviors

Popular psychology labels are easily tossed around as people make jokes to relieve workplace stress. I’ve been blogging about psychopathic leaders, but before you start thinking your boss is diagnostically evil and looney, let’s review the criteria. There are four domains where a true psychopath will show behaviors that are inadequate or extreme. Interpersonal: How […]
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Is There a Psychopathic Leader in the Corner Office?

Is it possible you work for someone with psychopathic traits? Someone who seemed like great leadership material at one time, but whom you’ve come to know as false and manipulative? Perhaps they’re less than honest and transparent,  always self-promotional and closely guarded? They may show personality traits similar to a psychopathic leader. In the work […]
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Leadership Psychology Skill #1: Know Yourself Well

When it comes to leadership skills, a key driver of success is self-awareness. You have to know yourself well in order to influence others. This means a full understanding of your strengths as well as weaknesses. “Knowing yourself, and knowing the forces that affect the people who work for you, holds the key to being […]
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Gender Bias and Snap Judgments about CEOs

Ever since reading Malcolm Gladwell’s book Blink, I’ve become acutely aware of how quickly I make snap judgments about people. No matter how fair and unbiased I think I am, I notice myself forming opinions about people before actually talking to them. In fact, if you travel a lot, you may find yourself doing this […]
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