Most of us hope to ascend some kind of ladder in our careers. However, as some new research suggests, if you want to reach the very top, you may need a dash of narcissism.
Researchers at Emory University did an analysis of 42 United States Presidents and found that grandiose narcissism was strongly associated with high ratings from historians of their overall presidencies.
Grandiose narcissism is characterised by an extroverted, self-aggrandizing, domineering and flamboyant personality.
Presidents with narcissist traits also scored high on public persuasiveness, crisis management, risk-taking, winning the popular vote and initiating legislation.
Of course, the lesson clearly shouldn’t be that being self-absorbed is inherently good, but it’s been speculated before that high-profile jobs tend to draw the self-aggrandising. If nothing else, it’s a solid indicator of the competition you’ll face if you want to move that far up in a particular career path. That being said, being narcissistic tendencies that could help in a prominent job might come at a cost.
In High Places, Some Narcissism May Be OK [Psych Central]