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Chapter 2. Grandiose Managers > Organizational Impact of Grandiose Managers

Organizational Impact of Grandiose Managers

The extreme confidence of grandiose personalities often makes them charismatic. This, along with the tendency of most people to equate confidence with competence, often fuels a rapid rise through the ranks of management. Their glibness enables them to sell themselves to senior management and further propels their advancement. More often than not, however, rather than being whiz kids who are the company’s best hope for the future, they are masters only of smoke and mirrors who can foster their company’s downfall. They not only damage the human capital of the company but can engage in disastrous risk taking, and even illegal activities, that can bring the company down.

The combination of a desire for excitement and a sense of invulnerability often leads to high-stakes risk taking. Focused on building their own power and glory, they tend to engage in empire building rather than in strengthening the core of the company. They may be addicted to the trappings of power and squander resources on extravagances.


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