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Corporate Psychopaths at Work


Clive Boddy




Clive is a Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior at Middlesex University in England. For the past seven years, he has studied the evidence and effects of toxic leadership, and in particular the influence of the presence of corporate psychopaths on various workplace outcomes, including on levels of conflict and bullying at work.


I'm here to tell you a bit of a story about why I got interested in the link between corporate psychopaths and bullying. A long time ago in the land far away, I was running a business in the Far East. And as a part of that I was moved offices. And when I was moved offices, I was told I was getting a new boss. And various people came up to me and said, You have to be careful about this new guy, this new boss you're getting. He's very manipulative, it's very ruthless. He's very cunning, and is almost downright evil.

So I thought, this guy sounds like a bit of a monster bit of a devil. And when people say things like that, too, that's what you expect, you expect to meet the monster. What you actually meet is an utterly charming man in a welcome suit, who looks very attractive, is very sociable, very extroverted. And he doesn't look like a monster at all. It looks like your next best friend. And so you get confused. And you think these people must have been wrong. He's not a monster. He's a nice guy, I'm going to really enjoy working with this person.

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