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Narcissistic Leaders: Who Succeeds and Who Fails

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About the Author

Michael Maccoby has taught at the College of the University of Chicago, the National Autonomous University of Mexico, and the University of California, Santa Cruz. From 1978 to 1990 he directed the Program on Technology, Public Policy and Human Development at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He now directs the Project on Technology, Work and Character in Washington, D.C. He is author of "The Gamesman, The Leader, and Why Work? "
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press (May 19, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781422104149
  • ISBN-13: 978-1422104149
  • ASIN: 1422104141
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Robert Morris HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 18, 2007
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As Michael Maccoby explains in his Preface, "To understand differences among narcissists and even predict which visionaries will succeed and which are likely to fail, this book dissects narcissistic personalities and contrasts narcissists with the other psychoanalytic personalities: the careful obsessives, caring erotics, and adaptive marketing types." Maccoby concludes, "I'm proposing that management theories need to take account of personality and context. Different personality types shine in different settings. Their approach to leadership may be right for one context but not another." Jack Welch offers an excellent case in point. He was selected by Reggie Jones to succeed him as CEO, challenging Welch to "blow up" GE. He had the right "personality" for that "context." (For years thereafter, he was referred to as "Neutron Jack.") Throughout the narrative that follows, Maccoby focuses on other examples of productive as well as non-productive narcissists, comparing and contrasting them in terms of their positive or negative impact, especially on their respective corporate cultures.

Of special interest to me is what Maccoby has to say about what he characterizes as "strategic intelligence," especially in Chapter 4. It consists of five elements. The first two (foresight and systems thinking) are "pure intelligence" skills. The other three (visioning, motivating, and partnering) are what Maccoby views as "real-world" skills. He rigorously examines each of the five elements, and what emerges is a composite profile of the productive narcissist: she or he thinks in terms of unprovable forces that are shaping the future...
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I originally purchased the book as I had had a very bad experience with a narcissistic leader and had to eventually part company with him. I could easily identify his behaviour with the portrayal in the book. What however blew me was the realisation that I had some narcissistic traits in me too!

Since I had experienced failure prior to the ralization of my own narcissism, I particularly savoured the part of the type of Ns who succeed.

I recommend this book to all interested in studying human behaviour as often we do not really understand that our leader/s is/are narcissistic and go through very difficult times. If we ourselves have narcissistic tendencies, this book helps us to identify this trait to take such steps as necessary to lead a happy life.
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This was a very interesting, well-written book. While it reinforced my diagnosis of my business partner--something that I already felt pretty sure about--it gave me lots of additional insights into his character. Hopefully you are not stuck in a close working relationship with this sort of character, but if you are it is definitely worth the read. My only criticisms are as follows: First, these sorts of books tend to worship at the cult of personality and imply that there is an excuse for narcissistic behavior when, in fact, there is no excuse for it and the narcissist should be held more personally accountable for for his or her toxic traits. Secondly, while providing lots of insight into the character of the narcissist, the book doesn't really provide a lot of prescriptions for dealing with them effectively, really only hinting at shallow tactics that, in essence, boil down to sucking it up and accepting the behavior. I don't agree that this is a good tack to take, unless the victim absolutely has no other choice.
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New take on the topic from a very practical perspective. It gives a real life flavor of the personality, much different than popular knowledge. I would recommend it to aspiring managers, mental health providers and dating couples.
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