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Trust in Transition: Navigating Organizational Change by Bob Whipple

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Narcissistic Bosses

“But by most measures, narcissism is one of the worst [personality disorders], if only because the narcissists themselves are so clueless.”

Jeffrey Kluger

In this chapter you will learn:

•  Narcissist leaders are common, and there are varying degrees of the problem.

•  Leaders with these tendencies will cause problems during a change effort.

•  There are some ways to chip away at the problem, but they are a lot of work and sometimes backfire.

•  The real cure is to build higher trust through reinforcing candor. That will usually work, but it is difficult to get the leader to try because of ego.

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