Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Responding to the Workplace Narcissist

Title: Responding to the Workplace Narcissist

Authors: Wesner, Bradley S.

Advisor: Sandwina, Ronald

Coping Methods

Issue Date: 10-Jul-2007

Abstract: The presence of narcissism in the workplace is well established. Some have even gone so far as to extol the virtues of the narcissistic personality and the effect that it has on the leadership roles in organizations. Still, research suggests that there are more narcissists than there are leadership positions that might be filled. It is well established that the presence of those with strong narcissistic tendencies at the lower levels of organizations are disruptive to the productivity and the morale of the organization as a whole. This paper found that five coping method categories existed: non-responding, quitting one’s job, befriending the narcissist, confronting the narcissist, and going to management. Contrary to existing literature, only quitting one’s job or going to management were perceived by respondents as effective methods.

Description: Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)


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