June 28, 2017

Younger Folks’ Narcissism May Enliven the Workplace

In The Informed Reader from the Wall Street Journal, October 1, 2007, a bit of research that appeared in The Boston Globe on September 30 says the following:

“The narcissism of the younger generation in the work force might be the shot in the arm corporate America needs, even if it is annoying”…The article closes by saying this:

“There (narcissists) confidence lets them take risks others might balk at.  Narcissists will aslo speed up innovation by pushing bold ideas onto skeptical elders.  However, since narcissists rarely acknowledge their wrong ideas are wrong, the trick will be “to identify the upstarts with the most potential,” and only then, “allow them to run with their ideas.”

A great book on this very topic is one that I feel all leaders should read by Michael Maccoby, author of The Productive Narcissist: The Promise and Peril of Visionary Leadership.  Maccoby points out in his work that narcissists, because they don’t have a great deal of internal restraint and caution, are the ones who usually change the world.

We have been told over and over again that our future is going to be determined by Gen Y…so, maybe their healthy doses of high self regard is just what our world needs in order to go through a radical transformation..

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