Relating narcissistic personality traits to leadership styles

by Walker, Robin E., Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2016, 213 pages; 10245703


The personality trait narcissism in a leader has multifaceted effects on an organization. The research on narcissism and leadership style has primarily focused on effects on the organization, and a few leadership styles. The literature is missing whether or not narcissism predicts a specific leadership style. This study investigates the relationship between narcissism and leadership styles of the full range leadership theory. Utilizing an online survey, 137 responses were received from mid- and upper-level managers of United States organizations. Data for each of three research questions were analyzed utilizing hierarchical regression, the first model included only the independent variables and the second model included in the independent variable and eight control variables. Narcissistic Personality Traits Index significantly predicted Laissez-Faire Leadership Style Index in both models. Narcissistic Personality Traits Index did not significantly predict Transformational Leadership Style Index and Narcissistic Personality Traits Index did not significantly predict Transactional Leadership Style Index. Study results indicate that narcissism significantly predicts Laissez-Faire leadership style, suggesting that leaders with a narcissistic personality trait may avoid leadership. These findings have implications for organizational stakeholders when monitoring narcissism in leaders.

AdviserRaj Singh
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsManagement; Psychology
Publication Number10245703

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