August 10, 2009
Self-serving bosses hurt morale, profits
Having a narcissistic -- self-serving -- boss creates a toxic environment for everyone who has contact with such a boss, U.S. researchers said.
Wayne Hochwarter of the Florida State University College of Business asked more than 1,200 employees to provide opinions regarding the narcissistic tendencies of their immediate supervisor.
Most organizations simply do not consider the adverse effects of narcissistic bosses on worker productivity and stress, Hochwarter said in a statement.
In fact, many companies encourage it since narcissists are often seen as outgoing and confident -- traits considered necessary for success in any managerial role. However, there is a fine line between self-confidence and selfishness that negatively affects others on the other.