Monthly Archives: April 2015
In Forbes ‘Why Narcissistic CEOs Kill Their Companies’ outline four key traits:
(1) Exploitativeness/Entitlement –> I insist upon getting the respect that is due to me;
(2) Leadership/Authority –> I like to be the center of attention;
(3) Superiority/Arrogance –> I am better than others; and
(4) Self-absorption/Self-admiration –> I am preoccupied with how extraordinary and special I am.
“The results do seem like common sense: By definition, narcissists are egotistical, self-focused, and vain. It would follow that a true narcissist wouldn’t see self-absorption as something negative. And because narcissists tend to lack empathy, they’d probably have trouble understanding why a desire to put themselves first should be seen as a negative trait.” Washington Post, ‘You only need a one-question test to identify narcissists;’.
‘Don’t assume’ can mean dropping our assessments and judgments. When we are able to drop our assessments, then we can hear and listen. When we drop assessments and instead ask questions to better understand where someone is coming from, we are more likely to engage in communication that creates understanding.