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Trauma & Narcissism Redefined

Mar 26, 2024

Is narcissism more common in leadership roles? I believe that it is!


Successful leaders in business and politics may have to exhibit narcissistic traits in order to progress in their careers.


Narcissistic bosses tend to only show empathy and care when it benefits them, but may privately abuse you to gain "narcissistic supply." While not all leaders are narcissists, a handful of leaders can be very cut-throat, manipulative and abuse their power in subtle ways.


What you will learn in this episode:

  • How to identify narcissistic leaders and different types of narcissism
  • Why certain roles attract more narcissistic individuals
  • Examples of empathetic vs. narcissistic leaders
  • Strategies for dealing with a narcissistic boss
  • Impacts of narcissistic leadership styles


Leadership attracts those with narcissistic traits and in some cases enables them to thrive. So how do you “win” against narcissistic bosses? 

Document problematic incidents.

Set boundaries to avoid providing "narcissistic supply".

Look for support from understanding colleagues. 

Prioritise your mental health and consider finding a new job to remove yourself from their toxic influence.


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