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Publication details for Professor Susanne Braun

Braun, S. (2016). Narcissistic leadership. In Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy, and Governance. Farazmand, A. Cham, Switzerland: Springer. 1-9.

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The concept of narcissistic leadership connects narcissism and approaches to leadership in organizations. Leadership concerns an intentional social influence process with the purpose of driving goal-directed action and interpersonal relationships in organizations (Yukl 2012). Narcissism denotes relatively stable interindividual differences in grandiose views of the self, low empathy and concern for others in interpersonal relationships, and self-regulatory strategies applied to maintain inflated self-views (Campbell et al. 2011). Three constructs are typically distinguished in literature: narcissism as a pathological condition (narcissistic personality disorder), narcissism as a subclinical individual difference factor (trait narcissism), and narcissistic leadership, namely, leaders’ actions that are “principally motivated by their own egom ...