Silicon Valley has long sought out narcissists to disrupt old industries—and Elon Musk shows some classic narcissistic traits. But Prof. Jennifer Chatman says narcissism is not the key to corporate success and innovation. “We have a hard time distinguishing the features that make for a good leader from the features that are associated with narcissism. The whole point of an organization is to try to do something together,” says Chatham, whose research is featured in the Quartz article “Elon Musk may not be the narcissist Tesla needs right now” by Michael Coren.
Chatman’s research has found that narcissistic CEOs are more likely to get their companies embroiled in lawsuits, and less likely to follow expert advice to settle. Read more on Berkeley Haas News.