Why We Follow Narcissistic Leaders
Hanges, Paul J.
Gruda, D. & Hanges, P.J. (2023). Are you susceptible to narcissistic leaders? Harvard Business Review. https://hbr.org/2023/01/why-we-follow-narcissistic-leaders
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A recent study aimed to understand narcissistic leaders and who is most likely to follow them. The results revealed a few patterns. If you are someone who is always looking out for others, empathizes with others, and seeks harmony and consensus in your team (known as agreeable followers), you are more likely to be susceptible to following a narcissistic leader. If you are someone who gets anxious and worried easily or likes to get started on work projects early on to prevent anxiety as a deadline draws closer (known as neurotic followers), you probably prefer engaging with narcissistic leaders.