CEOs and NPD
My column yesterday for Fool.com delved into the idea that some CEOs may "suffer" from something that looks an awful lot like narcissistic personality disorder. Of course, anybody who's been paying any attention would notice that our culture seems to really encourage and even celebrate this kind of behavior; too bad there are major problems with it, such as lack of empathy for others.
I felt that News Corp.'s Rupert Murdoch's responses at the Parliament were kind of indicative of this ("humble," yet wasn't considering resigning, he's the BEST person -- or maybe in his own mind the only person -- who can clean this up, hmm). I also noted parallels to situations/responses at BP, AIG, and Lehman Brothers.
As a side note... isn't it weird that the DSM won't include narcissistic personality disorder in its fifth edition? Bizarre (and controversial amongst the mental health community, I think). It's a pretty severe personality disorder, all joking aside.
I think our corporations deserve more truly humble and accountable leaders.