The Narcissistic Executive

  • Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries
Part of the INSEAD Business Press book series (IBP)


The leadership style most frequently found at top management levels is the narcissist. Indeed, this kind of leader is over-represented in the higher echelons, and derailment at the top is often due to the excesses that come with this kind of behavior. In these instances, position and disposition seem to interact in mysterious ways, resulting in instability. Ultimately the rot sets in.


Leadership Style Head Office Dysfunctional Behavior High Echelon Existential Anxiety 
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© Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  • Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries
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  1. 1.INSEAD, France, Singapore & Abu DhabiThe Netherlands

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