Published: Oct 18, 2017
Clive Boddy, a professor of leadership and organizational behavior at London's Middlesex University Business School, knows a thing or two about corporate psychopaths and bullies. Boddy has extensively studied the unfortunate frequency and traits of psychopaths and bullies, and he himself has been bullied by a corporate psychopath at work.
According to Boddy (and the psychologists he's spoken to in the course of his research), these are the main characteristics of corporate psychopaths:
I, and Boddy, are betting that it does. After all, an estimated 1 percent of the population is said to be made up of corporate psychopaths. And so, chances are, if you work in a corporation with more than 100 people, you know one, and work with one.
What's perhaps scarier than the number of corporate psychopaths out there who enjoy bullying their colleagues, thus creating toxic work environments and ruining people's careers and lives, is the frightening fact that these types of bullies are more likely than those around them to get promoted.
Find out why this is unfortunately so in the video below (hint: it has something to do with that smoke screen mentioned above).
And for information on how to try to determine if someone you work with might be a corporate psychopath, check out the Hare Psychopath Checklist, created in the 1970s by Canadian psychologist Dr. Robert Hare.
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