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    Least Surprising Headline of the Day

    By kyle | August 14, 2011

    Narcissists rise to the top because people mistake their confidence and authority for leadership qualities.

    From this study. I was kind of amazed by how this worked in the Army — he who had the most bluster seemed to earn the most respect and those who considered before acting were penalized specifically for doing so. But I later discovered that Army notions of Leadership are exactly how things work in major corporations and politics too. It’s all about playing the part. How else to explain the fact that the executive suites run rampant with handsome, loud-voiced 6′ 2″ men? They look like leaders.

    Topics: Business, Politics | 4 Comments »

    4 Responses to “Least Surprising Headline of the Day”

    1. jonneeboy Says:
      August 14th, 2011 at 5:12 pm

      Yes, yes, yes. As a 27-year Colonel, I can report that you are on to something. Not universally true, but often enough to be a reliable generalization. If you drink your own Kool-AId, others will join you.

    2. JohnFNWayne Says:
      August 14th, 2011 at 5:55 pm

      I think it’s worse than you state. Usually the “worst” person possible ends up getting promoted, at least in my experience. The hierarchy sees their failings as virtues, and on they go to great things, while the company goes somewhere else.

      Business in this country began bumping into trouble when the CEO went from a position one held for 20 years to one held for two. It makes the short term the only thing on the mind, which precisely describes many of the issues were having in this country right now.

    3. Todd Seavey Says:
      August 16th, 2011 at 11:59 pm

      We don’t have time for all this discussion, people! I want to see some hustle! Let’s get a move on. I showed you how it’s done, now let’s do it. It’s time to rock n’ roll.

    4. Kyle Says:
      August 17th, 2011 at 8:17 am

      It always amazed me, back when I spent more time with “leaders” than I do now (being a lone wolf suits me), how much of management consisted of urging others to do their jobs better.