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Relationship between the extent of psychopathic features among corporate managers and subsequent employee job satisfaction

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Possessing subclinical psychopathic personality traits may provide a selective advantage in corporate environments. Known as ‘successful psychopaths’, these individuals often procure senior positions in respected companies. Prevalence of specific personality dispositions among leadership groups can promote a ‘corporate culture’ whereby subclinical psychopathic managers pressure their employees to embrace similar personality dispositions. As a result, these employees often demonstrate a greater vulnerability toward experiencing workplace psychological distress and developing a psychopathology. The current study aimed to examine the extent and effect of primary psychopathy in a major advertising agency. It was predicted that there would be greater levels of primary psychopathy in senior-level managers, and that this would result in their subordinate's decreased job satisfaction. Results indicated that greater levels of primary psychopathy were predominately observed within senior-level managers compared to the other corporate designations. Additionally, it was apparent that senior-level managers valued homogeneity in their subordinates' personality and behaviour, which were identified by high conformance and dependability ratings. However, the role of primary psychopathy in attenuating subordinate job satisfaction was less clear.

Publication Date


  • 2016

Citation


  • Spencer, R. J. & Byrne, M. K. (2016). Relationship between the extent of psychopathic features among corporate managers and subsequent employee job satisfaction. Personality and Individual Differences, 101 440-445.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84976420260

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/2384

Number Of Pages


  • 5

Start Page


  • 440

End Page


  • 445

Volume


  • 101

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • Possessing subclinical psychopathic personality traits may provide a selective advantage in corporate environments. Known as ‘successful psychopaths’, these individuals often procure senior positions in respected companies. Prevalence of specific personality dispositions among leadership groups can promote a ‘corporate culture’ whereby subclinical psychopathic managers pressure their employees to embrace similar personality dispositions. As a result, these employees often demonstrate a greater vulnerability toward experiencing workplace psychological distress and developing a psychopathology. The current study aimed to examine the extent and effect of primary psychopathy in a major advertising agency. It was predicted that there would be greater levels of primary psychopathy in senior-level managers, and that this would result in their subordinate's decreased job satisfaction. Results indicated that greater levels of primary psychopathy were predominately observed within senior-level managers compared to the other corporate designations. Additionally, it was apparent that senior-level managers valued homogeneity in their subordinates' personality and behaviour, which were identified by high conformance and dependability ratings. However, the role of primary psychopathy in attenuating subordinate job satisfaction was less clear.

Publication Date


  • 2016

Citation


  • Spencer, R. J. & Byrne, M. K. (2016). Relationship between the extent of psychopathic features among corporate managers and subsequent employee job satisfaction. Personality and Individual Differences, 101 440-445.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84976420260

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/2384

Number Of Pages


  • 5

Start Page


  • 440

End Page


  • 445

Volume


  • 101

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom