For HR, narcissists are the worst possible kind of leader
Does your CEO demand unwavering loyalty? Do they refuse to take accountability for their mistakes? Or blame others when something goes wrong? Well, then, you may be dealing with a narcissistic boss. Aptly named after the vain Greek youth Narcissus, narcissistic people are often self-obsessed and self-serving – making successful leaders yet unpalatable colleagues. For HR practitioners, having a narcissist at the helm of your company can be a nightmare. Everything from hiring to firing, strategy to diversity, becomes a minefield – leaving practitioners stressed, depressed, and overwhelmed. Here, HRD looks at the best ways to handle a narcissistic leader, how to rise above the drama and take the HR highroad.