Your Company’s CEO Is A Psychopath. Probably.
2:24 pm, June 14th | by Hillary Reinsberg
Yep. CEOs are four times more likely to be psychopaths than the rest of the population.
Forbes has an interview with researcher Jon Ronson who just penned a new book studying psychopathy, in which it’s revealed that 4 percent of CEOs are psychopaths, while only 1 percent of the population exhibit these abnormal, antisocial behaviors. That means one in every 25 CEOs is a psychopath!
According to Ronson, these psychopath CEOs “lack the things that make you human: Empathy, remorse, loving kindness.”
Yikes. This might help you rationalize that latest layoff or your groan-worthy hours put in place by a psycho CEO, but it’s also pretty terrifying. How could it be that psychopaths are potentially good leaders? Ronson explains that although not all psychopathic characteristics would serve a CEO well, many of them actually would:
“You don’t want poor behavioral controls. It’d be better if you don’t have promiscuous behavior. It’d be better if you don’t have serious behavioral problems in childhood, because that will eventually come out. But you do want lack of empathy, lack of remorse, glibness, superficial charm, manipulativeness. I think the other positive traits for psychopaths in business is need for stimulation, proneness to boredom. You want somebody who can’t sit still, who’s constantly thinking about how to better things.”
Lack of empathy, manipulative behavior, superficial charm? If you put it that way, it does kind of sound like a lot of corporate execs!