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Me, me, me - narcissism and motivation to lead

Schyns, Birgit; Lagowska, Urszula; Braun, Susanne

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Urszula Lagowska


This study tests the relationships between grandiose narcissism and affective, calculative, social-normative motivation to lead (MTL), and avoidance to lead as well as between vulnerable narcissism and affective MTL and avoidance to lead. Further, we assess the moderating effect of narcissistic organizational identification (NOI). As expected, grandiose narcissism correlated positively with three dimensions of MTL, though the relationship with social-normative MTL disappeared when controlling for NOI and the interaction. Vulnerable narcissism was positively related to avoidance to lead, but not to affective MTL. Subsequent regression analysis revealed that vulnerable narcissism related negatively to affective MTL for individuals with low or moderate (but not high) NOI. Our study contributes to the integration of narcissism and leadership research by examining a differentiated conceptualization of narcissism, explaining why some individuals may actively approach, while others actively avoid leadership, and one of the boundary conditions which may facilitate narcissists’ MTL.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 24, 2022
Online Publication Date Oct 4, 2022
Publication Date 2022-10
Deposit Date Apr 1, 2022
Publicly Available Date Apr 1, 2022
Journal Zeitschrift für Psychologie
Print ISSN 2190-8370
Electronic ISSN 2151-2604
Publisher Hogrefe
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 230
Issue 4
Pages 330-334
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