Narcissist In Chief: A Case Study

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Real estate developer Donald Trump is currently all over the news. His behavior and certain comments on political issues have made him known as the “Narcissist in Chief” by media (Wallis, 2015). One cannot disagree that because of his behavior he seems to fit the description of a narcissist fairly well; arrogant, having an imposing sense of self-importance, and require a disproportionate amount of admiration (Robbins & Judge, 2009). Mr. Trump and the title Narcissist in Chief made me think of how often I see this personality type among my coworkers in the military. Though I am aware of how difficult it can be to simply label someone as narcissist, or identify someone’s significant personality types, I feel confident saying that the military have a lot of narcissists within its ranks. In fact, a study conducted by the U.S. Army found that 80% of officers and NCOs (Non Commissioned Officers) had worked for leaders with narcissist leadership styles (Doty & Fenlanson, 2013). These leaders tend to focus on themselves, especially their own careers and how to make it into the next rank.…show more content…
I have only been in the military for a bit over a year and a half, but I have already seen morale go down because of toxic leadership. When it becomes clear to lower ranked personnel that their leaders are more concerned about their personal careers than the welfare of their soldiers, motivation to make sure that the organization stays productive goes out of the window. Narcissistic leaders create an environment where some employees stop seeing team work as the best way of getting positive results. In a massive organization like the U.S. Army where teams and squads are the foundations of the organization, it will become extremely difficult to reach the organization’s main goal if leaders care more about themselves than the employees that make up the

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