Is your boss a sociopath?

by: rbrimeyer

The standard clinical test for sociopathy, Robert Hare's PCL-R, evaluates 20 personality traits overall, but a subset of eight traits defines what he calls the "corporate sociopath" -- the nonviolent person prone to the "selfish, callous, and remorseless use of others." Does your boss fit the profile? Here's our do-it-yourself quiz drawing on the test manual and Hare's book "Without Conscience".

  1. 1

    Can he be glib and superficially charming, but still seem insincere?

  2. 2

    Does he feel he's above the rules that apply to "little people"? Does he act as though everything revolves around him?

  3. 3

    Is he a pathological liar? Has he reinvented his self image in a more positive light?

  4. 4

    Is he a con artist or master manipulator?

  5. 5

    When he harms other people, does he feel a lack of remorse or guilt?

  6. 6

    Is he cold and detached, even when someone near him dies, suffers, or falls seriously ill -- for example, does he not visit the hospital or attend the funeral?

  7. 7

    Is he callous and lacking in empathy?

  8. 8

    Does he fail to accept responsibility for his own actions or company failures?

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