Research, Opinion and Practice
New Horizons in Management series
It is widely acknowledged that having a positive self-attitude, being selfconfident, and having high self-esteem are worthwhile attributes in both work and personal life. To the chagrin of others, some people take these positive attributes to the extreme and become self-absorbed, self-adoring, self-centered, and show little empathy for the problems and concerns of others. In brief, they are narcissists. A healthy dose of narcissism can facilitate career success, because reasonable concern with the self helps a person think of achieving important goals and being admired as a leader. The moderately narcissistic person often appears to be self-confident and charismatic. Yet extreme narcissism can hamper success because the narcissist irritates and alienates others in the workplace as well as in personal life. It is natural for work associates to want others to show some concern for them rather being totally self-preoccupied. Purpose and Goals of the Book The purpose of Narcissism in the Workplace: Research, Opinion, and Practice is to describe both the positive and negative features of narcissism, and also present strategies and tactics for dealing constructively with narcissistic traits and behaviors in oneself and others. Ideally, this book would serve as a workplace guide to capitalizing on the positive aspects of narcissism, and minimizing its potential negative effects. Another key purpose of this book is to present information about narcissism in the workplace that is based on empirical research when possible, as well as opinion derived from systematic observation. Our aim is to take an objective look at the...