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The problem of narcissists in positions of power: the grandiose, the callous, and the irresponsible in educational administration and leadership EUGENIE A . SAMIER AND TERRYL ATKINS

Many of the chapters in this collection examine more positive emotions and arguments for their inclusion in our understanding and practice of administration. However, there are many emotions that are destructive, and in some cases, as discussed in this chapter, produce a malignant personality style that causes individual and collective suffering as well as damage to organisational members. One form of leadership that has gained some popularity is that of the charismatic, so potently charged with appeal on the affective level that it can for a time be successfully exploited by narcissists in satisfying their own needs to the exclusion of others (Conger and Kanungo 1998: 211-12).