According to a new study, it’s been estimated that one-fifth of top corporate professionals have high levels of psychopathic persona. Successful psychopaths have become common in the last decade. They lack compassion for their employees.
A team from Bond University in Australia and University of San Diego explained the occurrence of psychopathic traits in the business sector. It was revealed that 21 percent of 261 corporate professionals in a supply chain management industry had high level of psychopathic traits.
The researchers revealed that this study highlights a need for companies to conduct psychological screening processes to identify these traits. Noting that individuals with psychopathic traits could make up anywhere from 3 to 21 percent of the corporate world’s top ranking officials.
Most psychopaths have these variance of traits. The Narcissism are the attention-seeking, charm, vanity, grandiose yet low self-esteem, and a willingness to manipulate others. Those with the Machiavellianism trait show signs of coldness, immoral thinking, long-term manipulation, blunt practicality, and hunger for money, success or power, while Psychopathy traits have antisocial behaviours, thrill-seeking, manipulation and impulsivity.
A forensic psychologist, Nathan Brooks at Bond University, Australia says, “Too often companies look at skills first and then secondly consider personality features. Really it needs to be firstly about the candidate’s character and then, if they pass the character test, consider whether they have the right skills.
“Successful psychopaths are often insecure yet egocentric, and can be charming and superficial. They also lack remorse, and may manipulate the people around them”,he also pointed out.
Researchers say the study has major implications on businesses, as these people may have a bad effect on other employees and indulge in illegal business practices.
However, researchers have also developed a tool to help businesses fish out successful psychopaths during recruitment.
“We hope to implement our screening tool in businesses so that there’s an adequate assessment to hopefully identify this problem- to stop people sneaking through into positions in the business that can become very costly,” Brooks concluded.