'It's All About Me!' Gendered Narcissism and Leaders' Identity Work

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dc.contributor.author Pullen, A
dc.contributor.author Rhodes, CH
dc.date.accessioned 2010-05-28T09:53:56Z
dc.date.issued 2008-01
dc.identifier.citation Leadership, 2008, 4 (1), pp. 5 - 25
dc.identifier.issn 1742-7150
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/10074
dc.description.abstract This article develops and illustrates a gendered theorization of narcissism as it relates to the self-identity of leaders in organizations. While the value of existing theories of leadership and narcissism are acknowledged, it is noted that they treat narcissism in an implicitly masculine fashion. In so doing they limit narcissistic leadership identity to relatively aggressive, self-oriented, and domineering forms. To develop a more thorough and nuanced appreciation of the implications of narcissism for leaders' identity work, the article articulates a gendered perspective on narcissism that accounts for forms of leadership that are self-focused but not necessarily traditionally masculine. Four types of leadership narcissism are identified and illustrated: the bully, the star performer, the servant, and the victim. While each of these forms is narcissistic in that identity is associated with the defence of a grandiose self-image (ego ideal) through the admiration of others and the love of the self, they achieve this in markedly different, and gendered, ways. The article concludes by arguing how a gendered reading of narcissism and leadership provides a richer understanding of the narcissistic behaviours of men and women in contemporary organizations.
dc.publisher Sage Publications
dc.relation.isbasedon 10.1177/1742715007085767
dc.title 'It's All About Me!' Gendered Narcissism and Leaders' Identity Work
dc.type Journal Article
dc.parent Leadership
dc.journal.volume 1
dc.journal.volume 4
dc.journal.number 1 en_US
dc.publocation London, UK en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 5 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 25 en_US
dc.cauo.name BUS.School of Management en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 150310 Organisation and Management Theory
dc.personcode 980438
dc.personcode 998191
dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name Organisation and Management Theory en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition en_US
dc.custom en_US
dc.date.activity en_US
dc.location.activity en_US
dc.description.keywords gender ? identity ? leadership ? narcissism en_US
dc.description.keywords gender identity leadership narcissism
pubs.embargo.period Not known
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Business
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Business/School of Management
utslib.copyright.status Closed Access
utslib.copyright.date 2015-04-15 12:17:09.805752+10
utslib.collection.history Closed (ID: 3)
utslib.collection.history School of Management (ID: 329)

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