Adrian Furnham, a Professor of Psychology at UCL presented an interesting speech on leadership derailment at the ABP Conference this year. He captivated the audience whilst explaining why leaders derail at work and provided a though-provoking question… do successful individuals become narcissists or do narcissists become successful?
He stressed that the failed business leader is a paradox because the characteristics that help you on your way up can derail you at the end. “This is a common problem amongst many leaders who have demonstrated strengths which Belbin refers to as allowable weaknesses.” Adrian enlightened listeners with research findings showing genders derailling in a different way, where successful males have a tendency towards psychopathology and narcissism and females towards avoidance and hysteria. » Read more: Challenge of Leadership