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THE FUEL OF LEADERSHIP AFFLICTION: UNCHECKED POWER

I charge thee, fling away ambition: by that sin fell the angels—Shakespeare, King Henry the VIII Organizations place leaders on a pedestal and hand them a megaphone. They give them access to “hard” organizational resources (capital, tools, personnel) as well as “soft” assets (the authority to promote or demote, the right to grant job security or […]

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DESTRUCTIVE NARCISSISM – THE CYCLE OF DECLINE, PART II

In our last blog, we discussed the beginning of the cycle of decline for a narcissist. Today, we will continue down that path. As a reminder, our discussion started with healthy self-assurance and well-founded confidence that moves to overconfidence and superiority; then from superiority to grandiosity; and finally to emotional isolation. What happens when the […]

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THE PATH TO DESTRUCTIVE NARCISSISM: THE CYCLE OF DECLINE

In our discussions on leadership, it is impossible not to discuss narcissism and its effect on others.  This week, we will discuss how a person enters the downward cycle away from constructive narcissism.  How often do you see these patterns in your leadership circle, and how do you protect yourself from adopting unhealthy patterns? Constructive narcissists […]

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THE ROOT OF LEADERSHIP AFFLICTION SERIES: DESTRUCTIVE VS. CONSTRUCTIVE NARCISSISM

If you are just joining us in our “Root of Leadership Affliction” series, we are now deep into our discussion on destruction narcissism and power. Recognizing the Difference: Constructive vs. Destructive Narcissism. It is critical that we draw a clear distinction between constructive narcissism and destructive narcissism.  The constructive narcissist infuses the organization with urgency […]

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THE ROOT OF LEADERSHIP AFFLICTION: DESTRUCTIVE NARCISSISM & POWER

Narcissism Explored. In popular usage, the term narcissist refers to people whose aspirations, judgments, and decisions are shaped by an unhealthy sense of self, typified by arrogance and self-absorption.  Narcissists pursue their own ambition and gratification with relentless, often ruthless drive. They manifest excessive pride, hubris and vanity.  They are shaped and defined by narcissism, […]

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THE ROOT OF LEADERSHIP AFFLICTION: HOW EXCEPTIONAL LEADERS HANDLE EMOTIONS

In our ongoing discussion on exceptional leadership, we are taking a close look at leaders’ emotions in the workplace. In our last blog, we discussed leaders with emotional immaturity, and the contrast of leaders who lead with emotional resilience. Today, we will continue that discussion by discussing four important “R’s” in leaders’ emotions: Emotional Realism Emotional […]

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SIX TOP TOP LEADERSHIP AFFLICTIONS

Every day,  all over the world, organizations, even good organizations, rid themselves of one afflicted leader, only to hire the next.  Why is this? In our new blog series on Leadership Afflictions, we will study the unique pressures of leadership and how to identify leadership afflictions at the highest levels of organizational life. Organizations Are Only Human. […]

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TOP LEADER AFFLICTION SERIES!

Today we introduce a new series, titled “Top Leader Afflictions”.  I choose the title for two reasons.  First, an affliction is a state of pain, distress or misery.  We will explore a set of afflictions—painful “maladies” or “diseases” common to individuals at the highest levels of organizational life.  In this sense, “top leaders” are often […]

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