There are a lot of assumptions out there that Narcissists make the best leaders in your company. Turns out, narcissists are more likely to become leaders at your company, but not because they are the best fit. A study last year by University of Nebraska professor Peter Harms had some interesting things to say about Narcissists becoming leaders.
According to the study, notes on which can be found here, Narcissists are more likely to become heads of companies for two reasons:
-They self nominate and self identify more than the average person. People who aren't extreme narcissists don't raise their hands as much.
The study also says that though narcissists were more likely to attain leadership positions, there was no direct relationship between narcissism and leaders' success.
The research also discovered a nonlinear relationship between narcissism and leader effectiveness using previously un-analyzed data from Hogan Assessment Systems. Specifically, the study found, bosses with either extremely high or extremely low levels of narcissism were poorer leaders.
All things in moderation.
Seems like a call for quality succession planning that checks over the top ambition when filling leadership positions. Just because you want it doesn't mean you can have it.