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Leaders who go crazy

Author: Kets de Vries, Manfred F. R. INSEAD Area: Organisational Behaviour Series: Working Paper ; 91/58/OB Publisher: Fontainebleau : INSEAD, 1991.Language: EnglishDescription: 25 p.Type of document: INSEAD Working Paper Online Access: Click here Abstract: This paper looks at the various forces which may drive a leader "crazy". The development of narcissism is reviewed. Attention is paid to the dangers of excessive narcissism. In addition, some of the psychological pressures which affect leaders are discussed. It is argued that leaders are susceptible to a cycle of grandiosity, group thinking, paranoid thinking, identification with the aggressor, scapegoating and ruin. As an illustration, the case of Saddam Hussein is presented
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This paper looks at the various forces which may drive a leader "crazy". The development of narcissism is reviewed. Attention is paid to the dangers of excessive narcissism. In addition, some of the psychological pressures which affect leaders are discussed. It is argued that leaders are susceptible to a cycle of grandiosity, group thinking, paranoid thinking, identification with the aggressor, scapegoating and ruin. As an illustration, the case of Saddam Hussein is presented

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