Pat Wright: Rare CEO Who Exhibits Narcissism a Challenge to Executive Team

March 03, 2017

Following up on his last View from the Top blog, in which he explored the prevalence of narcissism among CEOs and found only 5 percent exhibit such traits, Pat Wright explores the implications of narcissistic character traits in a CEO, noting that it tends to undermine cohesion and collegiality among the Executive Leadership Team, ultimately frustrating its functionality.  Wright observes, "Executive Leadership Teams with narcissistic CEOs feel less confidence in the CEO’s expertise, strategy, leadership style, and effectiveness.  Interestingly, this somewhat mirrors how such CEOs view the board, with narcissistic CEOs having less respect for the board as a resource, feeling they have less confidence from the board, and evaluating the board as less effective."  You can read the full blog here