Sunday, June 12, 2011

Remarks on Snakes in Suits

Snakes in Suits, by Paul Babiak and Robert Hare, describe the behavior of psychopaths in corporate settings. Hare is a clinical psychologist who wrote a screening tool for psychopathy; Babiak is an I/O psychologist who does research on leadership in organizations. Together, they present a pretty convincing case that corporations, especially those undergoing a lot of changes, are excellent places for psychopaths to work and prosper. Many of the psychopath's traits, like superficial glibness, persuasiveness, feelings of importance, entitlement, and the ability to read people and manipulate them, are mistaken for leadership within organizations. Fascinating read, highly recommended.

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