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Psychopathic Leadership

Good, Bad, & Downright Ugly

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This e-book contributes to the literature regarding the disturbing number of “white collar psychopaths” present within organisations today.
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This e-book contributes to the literature regarding the disturbing number of “white collar psychopaths” present within organisations today. It does so by outlining what the differences are in terms of the “psychological make-up” between a good, bad and downright ugly psychopathic leader, and why, when either recruiting, promoting or developing a leader, organisational decision makers still seem to choose authoritarian, controlling, and narcissistic individuals. These choices reflect a mind-set that sees business leadership as something tough and uncompromising, with no room for human sentiment or feeling.

In fact the evidence contradicts this notion, and is bolstered by the most recent research studies that show it is the “authentic and empathic leader” who is the most successful at bringing in both company profits whilst at the same time maintaining the mental health and well-being of its employees. Organisations enjoying such leadership have a reputation for integrity and trustworthiness reflected with a strong market position for its brand.

About the author

Dorothy Ann Spry MSc, is an Organisational Psychologist and the Managing Director of True North Leaders, a psychological insights consultancy consisting of a team of Organisational, Health, and Consumer Psychologists. All of our psychologists are qualified to British Psychological Society standards, and are specifically trained to work within organisational settings.  

Dorothy has actively been involved in the development of a suite of organisational climate surveys called Image Pro (Marlow and Spry 2016), which provides an organisation with a “temperature reading”. This establishes the likely causes of, amongst other symptoms, poor productivity, low morale and increases in staff turnover. The surveys uncover the hidden drivers of poorly adjusted organisational behaviour such as bullying, toxic leadership behaviours, gender, age and racial stereotyping, and other antisocial, anti-team building behaviours.

She has authored numerous business management books and research articles on topics such as: Psychometric Testing; Emotional Intelligence; Anger Management and Authentic Leadership coaching. In 2007, she won the UK national training award for her contribution towards learning and development interventions within organisational settings.

  1. Preface
  2. Introduction
    1. Introduction 
    2. Overview of this e-book 
  3. What is psychopathic leadership?
    1. Checklist 
    2. Mask of Sanity 
    3. Psychopathic Leadership in the Movies 
    4. Psychopathic Leadership Descriptor 
  4. Psychopaths career choices 
    1. Most and Least popular Career Choices   
  5. The dark triad 
    1. The Dark Triad 
    2. Narcissism 
    3. Productive Narcissists 
    4. High Dose Narcissists 
    5. Narcissistic Personality Disorder 
    6. Case Study 
    7. Machiavellianism   
    8. Machiavellianism – Why! I can smile!! 
    9. Psychopathy – Dark Triad Overlap 
  6. Psychopathic leadership – Good, bad & downright ugly
    1. Good Psychopathic Leadership 
    2. How can this be?   
    3. Bad Psychopathic Traits – Power has gone to their heads
    4. Downright Ugly Psychopathic Leadership   
    5. Bullying at Work 
    6. Brain Activity 
    7. Case Study   
  7. Screening for psychopathic traits 
    1. Screening for Psychopathic Traits 
    2. Successful Psychopaths 
    3. Psychopathic Organisations 
    4. Checklist 
  8. Undress the sheep to find the wolf 
    1. Undress the Sheep to find the Wolf
    2. Patrons and Pawns 
    3. The Puppets and the Puppeteer 
    4. Abandonment – Step 3   
    5. Psychopathy Check List 
  9. Emotional intelligence – The pros and the cons 
    1. Emotional Intelligence – the pros
    2. High Emotional Intelligence – The Pros
    3. Low Emotional Intelligence – The Cons 
  10. Measuring for toxic traits 
    1. Psychometric Testing
    2. Organisational Climate Surveys 
  11. The rise of the authentic and empathic leader
    1. Authentic and empathic leadership 
    2. Healthy profit margins and healthy employees
  12. Final thoughts
  13. References

About the Author

Dorothy Spry

Dorothy’s empathic approach and enthusiasm about her work has provided her with opportunities to be invited to Europe, the USA and UAE providing specialist accreditations and training. She is also a guest speaker talking to Medical and MBA students on Emotionally Intelligence – What you need besides qualifications in the workplace.

Dorothy graduated with a BSc in Psychology at Goldsmith’s University, London, in 1992, and from there she undertook an MSc in Organisational Psychology which provided her with a solid foundation of both theory and practice of how best to help organisations and the people that work there to function in a healthy and productive manner.

In 2007, Dorothy’s work in helping others was recognised by winning the UK National Training Award. She has authored several books on various topics from Psychometric Testing, Coaching, Cognitive Behavioural Coaching for Anger Management, Psychopathic Leadership – The Good, Bad and Downright Ugly and Star Performers – How Emotional Intelligence Can Enhance your Career.

As well as offering psychological insights to companies, Dorothy coaches’ leaders to find their ‘true north’ and provides emotional intelligence profiling for private individuals.  

Dorothy is based in the UK.