Narcissism and emergent leadership in military cadets

Sampo V Paunonen, Jan-Erik Lönnqvist, Markku Verkasalo, Sointu Leikas, Vesa Nissinen

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    Some 200 military cadets rated themselves and other members of their platoons on a variety of variables, including the quality of their leadership behaviors. They also completed standardized personality questionnaires measuring the positive and negative aspects of narcissism. Strong predictions were found for variables related to the two sides of that construct. The best rated leaders exemplified the bright side of narcissism while suppressing the dark side-emergent leaders were measured to be high in egotism and self-esteem but low in manipulativeness and impression management. Big Five personality factors were only marginally successful in predicting emergent leadership in this study. The data are discussed in terms of their relevance to identifying potentially destructive leaders in a group. (c) 2006 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalLeadership Quarterly
    Issue number5
    Pages (from-to)475-486
    Number of pages12
    Publication statusPublished - 2006
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

    Fields of Science

    • 515 Psychology

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